Monday, December 31, 2012

Happy New Year!

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What better way to celebrate the arrival of 2013 than with these two photos of a talented and brave little girl. Her rendition of The Star-Spangled Banner in front of thousands made my heart sing with hope for the future.


Saturday evening, as one of a very small group of season ticket holders, I got to enter the Rose Garden Arena 30 minutes early and take a seat court side, during the team's shoot around. Nearby the Blazer stunt team worked out. And in the midst of all that activity, this little girl rehearsed the national anthem. She sang beautifully, unperturbed. Once she had finished, lots of people applauded.


Just before the basketball game began, from my seat on the front row of the upper bowl, I took this photo with my iPhone as she sang to the crowd. Loud cheering and clapping broke out as she finished that last note. 


Andy said...

She'a Cutie Patootie. The best seats are up high. Happy New Year.

Anonymous said...

Good for her. It takes a lot of courage to do something like that. I know, because I have been there, but not as a singer, just me: Abraham Wesley Lincoln named after my cousin, President Lincoln. It brought laughter, snickers and scoffs and my face turned red too but, over the years, I have, more or less, been able to get through it without glowing like a set of horse shoes on the smithy's anvil. A midget, friend of ours,' told me to remember that I knew more about myself and whatever it was I was standing up to speak about than anyone else and that I should be proud of me. I am, more or less, and lord knows I have just about done it all.

Randy said...

I love the excitement that builds right before a game starts.