17 December 2006

of the season

abt a hundred years ago I was in junior high school (the term "middle school" had yet to be inventd). it was calld Eastern Heights. it's important to me because of a teacher who deserves her own statue. Martha Radachy had the audacity to supplement the curriculum with music & art & poetry. she opend doors for me.

but right now I'm remembering our xmas pageant. this was the year I had to sing a duet. I no longer remember the song but my partner was Jane Gottfried. my memory is that she was abt a foot taller than I was. I simply can't imagine myself small or that young. but I can remember the thrill of performing. I'd get immense stage freight but adored being in the spotlight.

4 comments:

Tom Beckett said...

"stage freight" what a beautiful typo (or perhaps not, a typo, I mean). it really gets to the emotional cargo of such moments.

AlexG said...

dear lord... & I once was a copy editor. I guess I shd proof my own stuff more carefully. anyway I can't change it now because of yr comment Tom. but I do like accidents (or -- as you say -- perhaps not).

Moi said...

He he he. I still remember the words to my solo from my first grade pagent. And that was many, many moons ago!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for your memory of Martha Radachy. She was truly inspiring. She once told my that I gave her my "undivided attention," and I now know why. Her passion was contagious. Art, music, writing, Greek and Roman history, advanced math, language, poetry--we got it all. My classmates called her "hot rod." Was that name passed on from earlier years?