Here's you a little "feel good" story for the weekend. It has been state fair time in Kentucky this past week. One extremely cute little eight year old, Matthew, is probably still on Cloud 9 after getting invited up on stage to perform "Kiss a Girl" with Keith Urban at one of the headliner concerts of the state fair.
Matthew came to the concert with his parents. He was dressed in jammin' clothes and had his guitar--which he started playing at the age of five. He also had a bright orange poster on which he had written: "I Want 2 Play Kiss a Girl W U". They were sitting in the second row from the stage. When Keith launched into "KAG" Matthew's mother tried to caution against disappointment, but a guy in the seat beside them hoisted Matthew up on his shoulders. Matthew waved his sign. Keith saw it and motioned him up on stage. And one little boy got his wish:
The rest of this story is that Matthew has a rare bone disease and was unable to run and play outside with other children. He spent much of his life since age four traveling back and forth between his home in Elizabethtown and Vanderbilt Children's Hospital in Nashville, Tennessee. He and his mother passed the time inside listening to country music. When he was five, he got his first guitar and started taking lessons. And then on August 23 before 50,000 people Matthew took the stage. On his website, Keith called him "the bomb." And he's right! BTW, Keith is "the bomb" too for giving this little boy his time in the spotlight.
- Recent retiree--35 year's experience teaching reading, English, adult basic education and volunteer leadership skills. Started this blog to exchange ideas and commentary with friends and others having an interest in joining the discussions. Greatest life accomplishments include: 1.organized my 3rd grade class to check out library books for me to get around librarian's weekly limit--Amazon.com, the Mullins Elementary 3rd Grade Class of 1956 is still waiting for "thank you" notes; 2. volunteered in the Peace Corps, island of St. Kitts, West Indies; 3.taught adults to read, earn their GEDs., and speak English as a second language; 4. bought a border collie puppy for $6, got evicted rather than give him up, and began a life-long love affair with all things "Dog"; 5. joined a physical fitness boot camp in my mid-50s--don't mess with someone who's been doing regulation pushups in wet grass at 5:30 a.m.; 6. walked across Northern England with best friend Sally--over 80 miles from the Irish to North Seas; and 7. travelled to many foreign countries for pleasure and work.