It will probably never happen again, but for just a few moments I had a taste of the adrenaline rush that popular performers must feel as their audiences go wild. No, I wasn't singing or reading stories or telling jokes, but it was a magical moment. Electric. Intense.
The place? The Red Room.
The audience? Children ages 4 - 10 (and their teachers of course.)
I'd forgotten about the time and missed my entrance during the assembly, but when I finally arrived, embarrassed by my mistake, the kids were elated to see me. Mrs Eriksen announced my arrival and, what can I say, the crowd went wild. Wow. What a feeling.
It wasn't me they were cheering for though. It was what I had to say that mattered because they knew I was there for the big reveal, there to answer the burning question, "WHO MADE THE TEAMS FOR THE BATTLE OF THE BOOKS?" and the kids were practically popping with excitement. What a thrill. For every person in the room.
As teams were announced, the support of the crowd felt like riches beyond imagination. Every child was shown appreciation with claps and cheers. (The Dean of Admissions left his office to come and find out what all the fuss was about in the room next to his office!) I was so proud of our kids. I loved seeing them show genuine joy for peers who have achieved success in this competition. What great kids we have!