Eric is taking chorus in high school. I’m not quite sure how he got into this class, probably the same way he got into Spanish class in middle school. But he enjoys Spanish and likes chorus too.
Tonight was the Winter Concert at the high school. I worry about this type of event, because you never know how he will do. If there is a crying baby in the audience – which there often is at these school events – that can set him off. Eric is capable of making quite a scene… I did not take him to the first concert of the year, because he wasn’t behaving very well and I just knew it wouldn’t be good. But recently, he has been very good (probably for Santa), plus he said he wanted to go. So, we gave it a shot. He did super up on stage. He didn’t sing, but I was just happy that he was well-behaved! He did get upset later in the evening while the band was playing, but at least all went smoothly when he was on stage. Yes, a loud baby in the audience.
Hopefully, these events will continue to get easier for him as he gets older. He is also getting better at handling noise. The problem is that he has a very raw nervous system due to his cerebral palsy and loud sudden noises cause an exaggerated startle reflex. It’s nothing that he can control, but hopefully he will continue to get better at handling them.
Anyway, it was a wonderful experience for him and I got some nice photos and video, but I can’t say that it was and enjoyable evening. I’m always on pins and needles waiting for a melt down, but always happy when all goes well.
Here is a photo of Eric with the chorus.