Monday, November 17, 2008

For the Kids

So a big part of my job is not only performing, but also giving back to the different communities that we come into. Tonight's performance was extremely special for me and my whole line.

In each city, we have an opening night event. Usually its to give tickets to some sort of underprivileged children so that they can come and see a show that they otherwise would not be able to attend. Well tonight, was dedicated to St. Jude's Children's hospital. 

When we march into the lobby we are in our soldier costumes. This is a unique costume because the hat covers our eyes making it impossible to see out, but we can see underneath the brim.  So when we came out, (I didnt know that this was a St. Jude's  ticket give away) I saw two little girls (in front of me) with beautiful green velvet christmas dresses on... then i realized.. these little girls had cancer. Their hair was gone, one of them had a face mask on. Then i looked around and realized that all of these children were gravely ill. One little boy was in a wheel chair and had shriveled legs... another had braces on her legs. There were under developped children, children with all sorts and stages of cancer. It was heart breaking.

As the event proceeded, I realized that the mother with the two little girls in the green velvet dresses was crying... tears of happiness. Her daughters were smiling brightly as Santa Claus spoke to the crowd and they seemed overwhelmed by the Rockettes... our prescence. After we marched away most of us had tears in our eyes. This is another reason why I love my job. Because for one night, these children were able to excape the hospital beds. They were able to escape doctors and disease.... they were taken to a world where Christmas is all around. Where Santa Claus flies over them. Where there is a snow blizzard over their heads... and where the Radio City Rockettes smile and kick their way into their hearts. I have the most amazing job... and I am so lucky to be able to touch people in the way that I do.

So tonight. Before you go to bed... thank god for what you have. Thank god for all of the healthy children that you have in your life, and pray that those who are less fortunate are able to pull through.

XxMerry Christmas to all.. and to all a Good NightxX


Maryann said...

A beautiful reminder. The rockettes are an institution. I love what you do :)

VeggieGirl said...

Synthia, you have a heart of gold.

Cookie said...

That's so wonderful!! I've been in an especially Christmasy mood already this year, and your story is so inspiring!

Bianca said...

Aw, that's so sweet! St. Jude is located right here in Memphis, and they do such an amazing job for those kids! I feel so sad for them, but I'm glad they get opportunities to see cool stuff like your show.

Rural Vegan said...

What a nice post - thanks for that! The soldier costumes are just beautiful.

ChocolateCoveredVegan said...

That is so sweet. What an awesome post, written by a super-sweet girl with the kindet heart.

Joanna said...

i remember i saw this christmas performance a few years ago. i could never forget those soldier outfits. you made such a difference in those kids' night! i bet they enjoyed the performance just as much as i did when i saw it.

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