As I was loading my sound equipment and things onto a cart at Indian Trace Elem., I noticed scores of children coming into the cafeteria so I pulled the cart to the side because I didn’t want to get in their way. No sooner than I looked up, kids came running up to me saying, “I remember you. You’re that funny guy. We love you. Are you doing a show today?” (Well, honestly, I don’t mean to toot my own horn so to speak, but this is a regular occurrence any time I visit a school for a repeat performance. Nonetheless, it is heartwarming and special:) I replied, “Yes, I’m performing today.” And the cheering began amongst them……………..
As I approached the stage, many children followed me in tow and some even asked if they could carry something for me, help me set up for the show, etc. Being that my show’s focus is character and life skills, it always brings a smile to my face when children exhibit such wonderful manners, which everybody knows, are a clear reflection of what kind of character they possess. No sooner than the children started to volunteer to act as my “roadies”, their counselors, some of whom had never met “Mr. L’., came over to retrieve them and get them in their assigned areas for the aftercare school program. But before all of the children had vacated the stage area, a few children heroically blasted out their final comments about me and my show. This is what they said:
“All of the kids love you.” “This is going to be the best day ever” As the great comedian Bill Cosby said, “Kids say the darndest things.” Boy, was he right. If I were to compile a list of statements that I hear on a daily basis, it would surely turn into a national best seller. But it is the moment and context in which the child says something like this that makes it truly special. I hadn’t even performed my show yet I seemingly had 160 admirers who were ready to watch, listen, and learn (and laugh a lot) to everything that I was about to say and do. Needless to say, once I set up my backdrop, sound equipment and props and turned on some pre-show music, children were chanting, “We want Pedro, we want Pedro!” I could only smile and laugh at how wonderful it was that they were demanding to see my show puppet, Pedro.
No need to get into the details of the hour and ten minute performance other than to say it was absolutely fantastic. Thanks to the Indian Trace Elem. kids for enjoying another Stand-Up For Kids performance. Oh, and one more thing………..One of the young college aged counselors, Evan, came up to me as I was packing up the sound equipment and he said to me, “I just want to tell you that I love what you do. It is really great.” You know, kids do say the darndest things! Bye for now………:)