Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Grand Old Flag
Avid readers of this blog already know that Miriam greatly enjoys watching the dance specials on the KBYU International channel. They also rebroadcast band, orchestra, and choir concerts, all of which she has greatly enjoyed. It's quite cute. She'll sit down right in front of the tv with her ankles crossed and her hands clasped and grin at the television. After each piece, she claps energetically, looking around to make sure we're clapping too, then waits for the next number to begin. One of her favorites is the BYU marching band's concert. She's seen it a few times now. The entire band is sitting on the stage, yet they are still doing their tuba shakes and other such movements. During some pieces, the drill team comes in with their flags. Now, Miriam knows about flags. At the Levanger Cousin Spring Extravaganza, the opening activity was talking about the importance of flags. Two cousins shared about two important flag events, namely Betsy Ross and the making of the first American flag and Moroni and the Title of Liberty. The cousins then all went and made their own flags, drawing on them things that made them who they are. Then there was a small cousin parade and of course a photo op. I don't know if any of the other cousins still have their flags, but Miriam loves hers. When she finds it, she marches down the hall waving it around. Sometimes she pokes Zeke with it, but I don't think it's done out of malice. More like enthusiasm. One time, she held it all the way down the street to her friends' house and back. It's only like four houses, but for Miriam that's pretty big. So when the flag dancers come in on KBYU, Miriam gets excited. Once we realized what she was so excited about, we gave her her flag when the dancers came on. That's all she needed. She now dances and prances around the room with her flag, swishing and waving it along with the Cougerettes, or whatever the team is named. It is amazing to see her be so focused on something she obviously already loves and to see the intensity that she is willing to give to it. Let's hear it for the Fighting Cougar Marching Band and Flag Team with one extremely adorable home addition waving with all of her heart!