In 2008 Joshua asked if he could have a trumpet. I gave him a little incentive: if he could run faster than a 10 minute mile I would buy him one. He did. Barely. We had a music teacher friend who offered to give him 6 months of lessons before she went back into full-time teaching. This very gifted and giving friend also volunteered to teach CJ the guitar and Jordan the recorder. And the three of them performed a song together at our neighborhood gathering for the 2008 Beijing Olympics:
But after the lessons stopped, the trumpet began to gather dust under Joshua’s bed. Until last year. I’m not sure what prompted him to get it back out again. But he did and he taught himself some Christmas songs. Then he decided that he wanted to try out for the Notre Dame Marching Band.
This video of the band really got him pumped
Joshua has more persistence than anyone I know. I saw it in his Tae kwon do, when he was breaking boards and then marble. He sticks with something to the very end and he doesn’t back down. He listened to the Notre Dame fight song, and played it over and over again until he could hit all the notes.
Now we can't get that peppy tune out of our heads, and Daniel often hums it to himself before going to sleep at night!
He made it! And I couldn’t be more proud of him.
“God always rejoices when we dare to dream, In fact, we are much like God when we dream. The Master exults in newness. He delights in stretching the old. He wrote the book on making the impossible possible.
Examples? Check the Book.
Eighty-year-old shepherds don’t usually play chicken with Pharaohs…but don’t tell that to Moses.
Teenage shepherds don’t usually have showdowns with giants…but don’t tell that to David.
Night-shift shepherds don’t usually get to hear angels sing and see God in a stable…but don’t tell that to the Bethlehem bunch.
And for sure don’t tell that to God.”
(And the Angels Were Silent, Max Lucado)
I would add to Max Lucado’s list: Self-taught trumpet players who have never played in a band before don’t usually make the Notre Dame Marching Band. But don’t tell that to Joshua.