I don’t watch the Super Bowl, Super Bowl commercials or most of the Super Bowl festivities anymore. I know this is an outrageous admission for an American woman under 75 years old, but it is what it is. I haven’t watched a Super Bowl game in a long time. I did watch part of it this year. This year the Sandy Hook Chorus was out on the 50 yard line performing for the nation. I wanted to be one of the millions of Americans to see it.
The children did remarkably well. They sounded absolutely amazing. My favorite part, though, was when they started stepping back and forth– and the players joined them. I won’t pretend to speak at what the players and coaches were thinking watching those young survivors belt out “America the Beautiful”, but I can imagine. I was impressed at the players participation in a song sung by children. It was an absolutely beautiful sight to witness.
The children of Sandy Hook didn’t take interviews after their performance, but they did have a message to share with our torn nation:
“We have come to New Orleans to represent the Sandy Hook Family and the community of Newtown, Connecticut. Our wish is to demonstrate to America and the world that, ‘We are Sandy Hook and We Choose Love.’”
These kids survived something horrible. So many of their classmates (siblings, possibly) didn’t. I’m happy for them that they were invited to perform in New Orleans. I remember being a child and excited about little things. Imagine how excited they were to stand on the stage in the middle of the field. Good for them.
They deserve some happy memories.