We have seen Chance grow from a cute preschooler, hard to understand yet giving everything he's got to his performance, to a confident 11 year old who sings and plays the guitar in front of the assembled audience with a clear voice.
The theme of the event this year was Heroes. Our youngest child broke out his superman costume for the event. Chance dressed up as a sports hero that took our town, and in fact the nation, by storm and made for many memorable games watched at our house. If you know who Jimmer is, you know the devotion he elicited.
My heroes though, were not really known as such to anyone but me. My heroes were my two sons...Chance and his older brother.
Chance for all of his hard work through the years, the fact that he never gave up and overcame huge obstacles to talk and hear. And he does them both well.
|Chance introduces himself, his brother, and their song.|
The speech fair this year was another example of selfless giving.
Chance and his brother take guitar lessons together. They are also in choir in school together.
Chance is doing really well with his music. As he sings and plays the guitar at the same time, he sometimes struggles to stay on key with both things together. Usually he can correct himself and come back, but you don't want to get off when you are performing for a group.
So Chance asked his brother yet again if he would perform with him.
This is not a time when Chance's brother shines. On the contrary, it is a time for Chance to shine.
Chance's brother is quiet in his role deferring to Chance. It is Chance's time to shine and his brother is for support.
This year, Chance's brother just sat next to Chance softly strumming the quitar and singing ever so softly to help keep Chance on track.
What is of note this year, is that all of Chance's brother's friends from school were having a party the same night as the speech fair. They all asked over and over again if he would be attending the party. At first, he was excited about the party and spending time with his friends. As soon as he realized that the party was on the same night as the speech fair, he simply stated that he could not go because he was singing with his brother that night.
No complaining, No lamenting that the two things fell on the same night. Just matter of fact support for his brother Chance.
We took two cars to the event and told our son that if they got done soon enough, we would drive him home for at least part of the party.
The boys didn't perform until towards the end of the program however and so when all was said and done, there was only time to make it for the last 30 minutes of the party.
Chance's brother shrugged when I apologized that it was so late and offered to drive him home if he wanted. It was ok he said.
Then he asked if he could have some of these friends over for night games after we got home. We thought that was fair and Chance enjoyed the night games in the cul-de-sac as well.
Yes, I have heroes. Chance for all of his efforts, and his brother for his great love and devotion to his brother. Never expecting to be noticed and never leaving his brothers side if he is needed.
(Editor's note: Due to fussy toddler, we didn't capture a decent-enough video - but they sang "This Land is Your Land")