hula hoopingToday was the Talent Show at school. And I was so proud of all my munchkins. First the kindergarteners performed a play based on “Everything I Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten.” Then it was time for all the acts.

This 1st grader hula hooped to Flo Rida’s “Right Round” almost non-stop (he dropped the hoop twice). I’ve never seen anyone hula hoop like that. He was on fire, it was delightful. The music choice was surprising, but I’ll get to that later.

There were so many highlights, talents I didn’t know our students had. One of my third graders did a drum solo that was outrageously good. He must be taking lessons because I’ve heard the 4th and 5th grade band members on the drums, and it did not sound like this. I didn’t have high expectations for this 3rd grader, but then he busted out a drum solo so good I thought there must be a ringer behind him actually drumming. Nope. Just 8-year-old Omar already good enough to go out on tour.

One of my funniest 5th graders got up to dance to Michael Jackson’s “Beat It,” and he brought the house down. He looked the part (shiny shoes, black pants, black suit vest, button down shirt). He was smooth, and this kid could really dance. And he had a sense of humor, too, like he was winking at us the whole time.

One little first grade girl was supposed to do a gymnastics routine, but she got so terrified up on stage that she couldn’t go on. Poor thing, she tried her best. And then there was the collection of great kids being kids doing kid dancing and singing.

I loved it all, but I have to say I was intrigued with the musical selections. Some of the songs were rather…adult for elementary school kids. Flo Rida’s “Right Round” for 2 different acts? “Single Ladies” for 2 different acts? Pink’s “Rock Star” for kindergarteners? They were all wonderful, but it shocked me. I must be really out of touch because I didn’t even know my kids knew these songs. In my elementary school talent shows, I sang “Cabbage Patch Dreams” in 1st grade and dressed up like a California Raisin with friends to dance to “Heard It Through the Grapevine” in 4th. I feel very old….