So I’m driving around earlier today putting up campaign signs. I see one of my opponents has been very busy, so the hunt is on! I’m driving by Dover High School and I see tons of cars there. I decide to check it out. If you have never been in Dover High School, the place is huge! I see all these teenage girls running inside with black dresses. I didn’t think it was prom, unless black is the new prom dress color. I walk into the auditorium to hear two teenage girls singing “Killing Me Softly With His Love”. It was a Choral concert.
For two hours I sat in that auditorium absolutely mesmerized. It’s been a stressful couple of weeks. But man, can those kids sing! If I was blindfolded and didn’t know where I was, I wouldn’t have been able to tell if I was in the Vatican for Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve or at Dover High School. They were that good! I saw these high school students putting everything they have into this concert. It was truly a gift from God.
A couple of students sang songs for their mothers and I doubt there was a dry eye in the place. It made me think of my mom who passed almost three years ago. But in-between my pangs of sadness, I felt a soothing and calm peace, like I had been lifted away from the burdens of the everyday world and brought to a magical place.
I recognized a few of the students from four years ago when I was a paraprofessional at a nearby charter school. My how these kids have grown and their talent skyrocketed. When I started my campaign for Capital’s school board, I came out with a lengthy article about things I wanted to see in the district. If today was any indication, this district has the arts covered! It’s the old saying, “Seek, and ye shall find.” I didn’t think I would hear the sound of angels this afternoon, but I’m sure glad I did.
Mr. Brad Whitenight, the choral director at Dover High School, should be immensely proud. What he has crafted is a miracle. I thank you and the Dover High School Choir for the journey to peace today. If you should ever happen to be driving around Dover one day, take a chance. You truly never know what you will find.