I have forgotten how much I enjoy writing. I’ve just had such a white knuckled grip on life that I left no space for this.
Went to the grocery store yesterday to… get this… get groceries. I know, earth shattering right? I wanted to get supplies to help Vale stay on the track team; higher calorie, nutrient dense, portion controlled snackage. I offered to put up a list of snack options, combinations, and the calorie count so he can stay on top of what he needs to do in order for success. So far he doing his best to make good choices, at least from what I’ve seen. You can definitely see the strain on him about it. He’s made such strides in his recovery, I wonder if this is too much too soon.
This morning I offered light cream to put on his hot cereal. Four tablespoons have 120 calories, easy peasy. He pushed the cereal aside as if to say, “I can’t even think about this.” Fortunately Grey, who is also competing this spring (in tennis) reached for the light cream. That seemed to make it easier on Vale, and he followed suit.
I have to admit, I’m thinking quite a bit on this whole OneRepublic thing. I kind of imagine the phone ringing, I answer and I hear “Hello, this is Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic” on the other line. I have to think that it would be a life changer for Vale, but I guess I’m wondering, what kind of change? Would it inspire him to really dig in to his music? The kid is ridiculously talented, but that only takes you so far. You also need discipline, technique and theory under your belt to truly *make* music. I’ve also noted that Ryan Tedder attended a private Christian high school and a Christian university. I wonder how much his faith plays out in his life now. One could surmise from the music that I’ve heard him play and write that there is a Christian influence. There is little to no swearing, no blatantly overt sexual themes…. The influence of Tedder in this area could be fantastic. Vale still has some issues with God, although he can see how God has provided and encouraged Vale’s music, still does in fact. Perhaps, Tedder, a man and musician that Vale truly admires, could demonstrate that there is room for both God and music. That alone could change Vale’s entire life.
Of course, I also feel completely ridiculous thinking on something so far flung and perhaps ridiculous to consider. What a dreamer, no?