Lauren and Mikaela--identical twins living on opposite coasts--blog about the story of life and their adventures in faith.


When Children Meet Grandmas and Grandpas

It was a dark, gloomy, miserable, and rainy night...and inside a cozy, lighted building lived many elderly people. They were nice folks, but they didn't get many visitors, and they longed for some children to brighten their day. That very evening, a troop of children marched right into their home! They brought the rain, wind, mud, and noise with them, but they also brought something special: smiles and music.
The children were very nervous, but the elderly people smiled at them as much as they could to encourage them. The children had worked hard all year for their teachers, Lauren and Mikaela, to prepare their Christmas songs to share with the old people.

The students waited in anticipation. Some of them would be tinkling the ivories for the Grandmas and Grandpas, and some would be playing teensy-weensy violins, and some would be playing the biggest-one-I've-ever-seen kind of violins, which some people say are called cellos. Still others would be playing simply normal I've-seen-it-100-times kind of violins which could somehow produce extraordinary-never-before-heard sounds.

The Grandmas and Grandpas loved the music so much, they even sang along on one song!

They didn't know it, but they were attending the debut of a fabulous young violin player named Jonah. He had only been playing since July, but they were quite impressed when he performed the E string and A string concertos to perfection! And so was his teacher.

Jonah's friend, who sported a very classy hat, also made his debut with "Pop Goes the Weasel." He did the pop, and he even got the Grandmas and Grandpas to laugh!

Susanna was an old pro at this, and the elderly people paid close attention while she played.

Micah takes lessons from someone else, but the Grandmas and Grandpas would really miss seeing his humongous instrument, so he of course must play for them. And his sister should, of course, play the duet part with him so they can have a ton of fun together!

The Grandmas and Grandpas gave a great round of applause at the end of a fabulous Christmas Program that really got them in the spirit of Christmas! "Those kids sure are talented!" I'm sure they said as they watched them up on stage. Just a few minutes later, all the children had said their good-byes and, chattering merrily, skipped outside, bringing the rain, wind, mud, and noise with them. But you know what? Their smiles and music stayed in that room with the Grandmas and Grandpas, at least until next year.


  1. Was that the Monticello Retirement Center? If it was, we used to go there every Thursday.

  2. No--I love Monticello, though. My Great-Aunt lives there, and we have done many programs there. Unfortunately, their piano is mysteriously lacking a music rack, so my dad has to build one before we can do anything there again. Thus, this was at Somerset. That's great that you guys visited there! The people love it!

  3. It's wonderful that you brought the Christmas spirit to these dear folks - I am sure they really enjoyed it! What a marvelous idea to do the recital there. :)
    And, bravo for Jonah - I'd love to hear him play someday. : )

  4. Awww, that's so sweet! I'm so glad you could do that for the older people -- I'm sure it added a lot of joy to their Christmas season. :)

  5. Ruthie--It is always wonderful to do things like that for the elderly, isn't it? Precious things result! I'll forewarn Jonah--right now, he wants to play for anyone and everyone! (-:
    Betsy--it's great to hear from you! I loved doing the program, and we tried to choose a place that didn't get twenty programs a day, you know? The lady in charge of activities there said "This place could use a little Christmas Spirit!"


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