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Friday, May 29, 2009

Five on a Friday: It's Not About the Talent...

1. Today is the last day to enter in the Book Giveaway for a combo package of Lessons from a Dead Girl and an ARC of Jumping off Swings by Jo Knowles! Comment here on a time when you last felt carefree. I will close this down at 5pm today.

2. I started a new book last night, The Amaranth Enchantment by Julie Berry. I get nervous with fairy-tale-like stories, because most times they can be quite painful to read, but I must say, this book is really good. Great characters, dialogue, danger and an interesting plot. I can't wait to finish it tonight.

3. Jeff Stone's The Five Ancestors series. I've heard quite a bit about these books and thought my children would like this series since they're really into karate. These books are quick reads--engaging, action packed, great plot with power and emotional struggles--perfect for boys and girls.

4. I've been experimenting with making kim bop -- the Korean version of maki rolls. It brings back memories of hanging out with my mom after school and telling her about my day. My mom filled these with bulgogi (barbecued beef), vegetables and kimchi and I could eat these forever. Mmmm. Total comfort food.

5. Spy Girl and Ninja Girl have been practicing for the school talent show and couldn't wait for yesterday's rehearsal. Spy Girl and a friend are playing "We Will Rock You" on flute and let's just say flutes don't make the same impression as Queen. Ninja Girl and her friend are singing "When There was Me and You" from High School Musical--probably one of the s l o w e s t songs for two girls who each want control of the microphone and belt out the words. 

The rehearsal went well. All of the children had fun acts--from comedy, dance routines, singing, karate, unicycle, hula hoops, piano--we had it all. It was interesting watching the children, from kindergarten to fifth grade, all with different levels of talent and intensity, performing their hearts out on stage. All I can say is, man, these kids are brave.

The one thing that really hit home yesterday, and this applies to all of us, is that the level of talent didn't matter. It was the execution that made kids and adults alike--smile, clap and cheer. There were kids who couldn't hold a tune, but their smile, the way they engaged the audience, made up for it. 

My words of wisdom for the day:
 It's not always about the talent. 
It's in the execution.

Enjoy your weekend!

13 comments:

beth said...

I have been meaning to and meaning to check out Jeff Stone's books....maybe I'll do that at the next time at the bookstore.

adrienne said...

It's the kids who play "We Will Rock You" on the flute that make talent shows worth watching. I just love those things.

Vivian said...

Beth,
The Jeff Stone books are really good. It's like eating candy. They are very quick, addicting reads.

Adrienne,
Love your outlook. Thanks!

PJ Hoover said...

It's so encouraging to read your post and be reminded of this, Vivian. Constant reminders so help in keeping us positive!

Vivian said...

Glad it helps, PJ!

Callipygia said...

OMG, the thought of we will rock you belted out on the flute is priceless! Kimbap- yum. You can make that for the reunion. Did you check out my email on the matter? It is coming up soon...

Nowheymama said...

Kim bop sounds excellent!

Saints and Spinners said...

No kidding on the talent/execution thing. There are plenty of people who play guitar and sing waaay better than I do, but they're shy of performing, so not a lot of people know how great they are. I, however, have the chutzpah, or at least can pretend I do. ;)

I would have enjoyed that talent show.

Priya said...

So true. I wish I could have seen the talent show! (I had one of my own today!)

Vivian said...

Priya,
I hope you had fun at your talent show!

Farida,
I love your chutzpah AND talent!

Nowheymama,
It is!

Callipygia,
Yes! Will call you.

Solvang Sherrie said...

I keep hearing about those Jeff Stone books! I'm going to have to get them for my son.

Our school just did the annual talent show, too. And LOL, the 6th Grade band did "We Will Rock You," I think to amuse the parents :^)

Crystal said...

Hi Vivian!

I've been following your blog for a while and just wanted to say thanks for those writing links yesterday, espeially the one on royalties. These things are always so informative! Love your blog!

The talent show sounds like it was a blast! And I like your words of wisdom. That's so true!

Jenny Girl said...

GLad everyone had fun and success at the talent show. Very cool!