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Wednesday, August 11, 2010


Grandma woke me up in a hurry this morning. I thought it was because today is "excursion" day at summer camp. But no. Grandma was busting to show me a video from last night's "America's Got Talent". She said there was a 10-year-old singer on there that blew her away and I just had to see her. I asked her if she sings Lady Gaga songs 'cause I like singing Lady Gaga. She said "No, not Lady Gaga ... she sings opera!"

OPERA?! What the ... ?! You mean that boring stuff Poppy listens to on his old people's classic station? I can't stand that stuff!

Grandma said "Just sit here and watch, okay?"

So I did. OMG!  I couldn't believe my ears. They were listening and boy, were they  paying attention this time!

"What's her name Grandma?" I asked when she finished.

"Jackie Evancho. So what do you think?"

I almost didn't know what to say. Usually I say too much and no-one can shut me up. But this time, all I could say was "WOW!" I didn't even say what I usually do when I hear a good singer ... like ... "I can do that!" I just said "WOW!" So grandma played me one of her other video clips. It was done when Jackie was 8.

"That's a cool song Grandma.  What's it called?"

"Ave Maria" said Grandma.

"That should get played on the radio" I told Grandma.

She laughed. She said, "Before or after Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift, Keshia and the rest?"

"What do you mean Grandma?"

"I mean, you'll never hear that on popular radio today. That song is hundreds of years old. It's a classic!"

"Well I don't care!" I said to her. "It's a cool song ... and I hope Jackie wins America's Got Talent. She should go to Vegas!"

Grandma sighed. "Yes, she should win but in a way, I hope she doesn't. She's way too good for Vegas. She's destined for much bigger stages all over the world".

"I see" I said ... but I didn't really see. All I know is Jackie's amazing and I wish I could sing like that even if it is opera.

Grandma told me to hurry up and go brush my teeth. In the bathroom, with a mouthful of toothpaste, I tried to sing like Jackie. Toothpaste went everywhere. Grandma was laughing.

"You might try singing without a brush and toothpaste in your mouth Maddy! I guess you're really impressed with Jackie Evancho eh?"

"Yes I am and when I get home, I want to watch more videos of her singing. Can we put one up in my blog Grandma?"

"You bet!" she said. "It's so nice to see young kids like you enjoying good music and good singers! Heaven knows there's little enough of that on radio anymore!"

So here it is: Jackie's performance on AMERICA'S GOT TALENT last night. And I still think she should win! Go Jackie Go!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010


So here's me and grandma out for a little walk the other night. We wanted to check out the new "Once upon a Child" shop that opened where Dollarama closed down.   Grandma said they have books, games and lots of clothes that were, well, once upon a child. But when we got there, they had just closed.  I was cranky about that. All the other shops, like Zellers, didn't close for another hour!

But grandma said "Never mind. I'll take you another time. Let's walk to the bank machine. I need some money anyway". 

Well that was fine with me: if grandma gets out money, maybe she'll buy me something. Good plan, grandma!

So we're walking along. I'm thinking about what Grandma could buy me and she's yapping on about how mummy can sell my old clothes to "Once upon a child". Suddenly grandma stops and looks at me. 

"Are you listening to me Maddy? I asked you a question" she says. 

"Oh sorry Grandma. What did you ask?"

"Well if you were listening, you'd know!" said Grandma. She was grumpy. I tried to explain: 

"Grandma, I  WAS listening but my ears weren't paying attention!" 

Grandma burst out laughing. I laughed too but I didn't know what was funny. She said: "Wow Maddy! What an incredible statement you just made!" 

"I did? What grandma? What? What did I say?" I couldn't remember already. She said: 

"Maddy, that's brilliant: 'you were listening but your ears weren't paying attention.' Boy I think of myself as a writer but I've never come up with something as clever as that!" 

Well I was happy I'd made her happy. Maybe now she'd buy me an ice-cream or something. But before I could ask, Grandma started to go on and on about how that statement applied to Poppy who's deaf but won't admit it. Or maybe he's listening but his ears aren't paying attention. Or maybe he's not listening but his ears are paying attention. 

She said something about that's a good line for politicians etc etc and I tried to listen this time but my ears were getting really tired of paying attention. So this time I stopped. Grandma said "What?"

I said "Grandma, could you please stop talking so much. I want to ask you something ... "

"Oh, okay. What?"

"Since you think I was so brilliant and incredible and all those things, could you please buy me something with that money you're getting out?"

Grandma looked at me and smiled. "I'm not sure I heard that Maddy. I was listening but when it comes to  spending money, my ears don't pay attention!"

Hmmm. Looks like what I said applies to Poppy, politicians AND grandmas!

Oh, she bought me that ice-cream.