Thursday, March 26, 2009

A Star is Born

Sarah grew up today right before my eyes. It was a magical transformation from a timid little girl to a young woman poised for stardom. She participated in CA Idol, which is the Canandaigua Academy version of American Idol. She signed up for it months ago and been agonizing over it for weeks. The fear became almost paralyzing as we got to the school, with self doubt consuming her. She wouldn't let the fear win though and with an extreme amount of courage, she stepped out on stage and sang "I Miss You" by Miley Cyrus to a sold out crowd. Seeing how nervous she was, the crowd cheered her on, shouting words of encouragement. Then it happened. Sarah opened her mouth to sing and the voice of an angel filled the room. She hit every note and every beat even with the nail bending grip she had on the microphone. As she finished, the crowd burst in to a thunderous cheer. You could see the weight lift off her shoulders as she sighed with relief, a huge smile spreading across her face. It took all I had to hold back the tears. She conquered one of her biggest fears in grand fashion.

And now, the rest of the story...not only did Sarah step on her fear and grind it in to the dirt, she brought home the first place trophy. There are no words to describe the pride I felt as a parent, watching her walk across the stage to accept her award.

Before she began her song, she dedicated it to Sandi and Janie. I can feel them smiling down from heaven.


Amanda Lee said...

Yeah Sarah! Great job, we were thinking of you last night. We're all so proud of you! And really, are you surprised that you won?!? You're awesome!!!!

Anonymous said...

I knew she could do it!!! I am so proud of her. I am jumping out of my skin with sheer joy...Go Sarah! Go Sarah!!! Hooray!!!

sarah chesler said...

i love the pictures. I wa so scared but went through that and did it. It felt so good after I was done. I said when do i go out again? Thank you for taking the photos dad, I couldnt have done it without you.

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