Last Saturday the kids, my wife and I went with some friends to an elderly home to sing some songs, perform a bit of magic and make a little balloon art to bring a little cheer to the grandpas and grandmas that live there.
It was nice to be able to do this especially since “敬老の日” (respect for the aged day) was just in a few days. The whole week before the show we had practiced a few action songs with the kids. They would be performing 2 songs, “if you’re happy and you know it” and one other Japanese action song. The kids were very excited to perform, especially Kayden (my eldest who is 4yrs) who really loves to be on stage. By being on stage I mean he likes the attention.
Our show was very simple and of course it wasn’t perfect, but we were able to bring a smile to everyone’s faces and a little joy to each of their hearts. The kids performed very well and Kayden even helped me pass out the balloons I made.
At the end of the show Kayden and I shook hands. Kayden gave a big smile to everyone and thanked them for watching the show. They were very touched. Most of the folks at these places are so lonely and it was nice to be able to seem them warm up with just a simple handshake from a little child.
I almost forgot to mention little Sean (my second son 1yrs)! This was his first show that he did pretty much all by himself. In the other shows we went to he would usually just be held in mommy’s arms, but this time he stood by himself and performed the action songs quite well. We were all very proud of him.