While sitting in a seafood restaurant several years ago when we were on a tour in Boston, the boys and I noticed a poem on the back of our menu with no apparent author. One boy sitting next to me ask if I thought the poem really described them . . . and all boys in general?
For your consideration, part of the poem said, “Just a boy, got to understand the lad – he’s not eager to be bad; if the right he always knew, he would be as old as you. Were he now exceeding wise, he’d be just about your size; when he does things that annoy, don’t forget – he’s just a boy. Being just a boy he’ll do, much you will not want him to; he’ll be careless of his ways, have his disobedient days. Willful, wild and headstrong too, he’ll need guidance kind and true; his companionship enjoy . . . and don’t forget – he’s just a boy.”
I was reminded that “just a boy” in our program, has a major impact in the lives of each person that hears him sing. “Just a boy”, in our organization, spends countless hours each week perfecting his voice . . . he takes his love of singing and combines it with hard work to make him a master at his craft. He learns how to work with others, be responsible for himself, maintain exceptional grades and realize what it takes to perform at a high level. And all at the age of eight to thirteen!
And the most remarkable thing is, “just a boy” acts the same professional way with a symphony orchestra, as he does for an elementary school concert!
The poem ended, “Just a boy who wants a friend – trusting, honest to the end; take him with you when you walk, listen when he wants to talk. Boundless energy, you may employ . . . and reflect – he’s just a boy.”