This is a true story of Kaleena and the Musical Spoons (Kaleena’s name has been changed to protect her identity). When performing at a children’s event at this particular venue as I do each month, a six year old girl named Kaleena came up to me as I was setting up for my children’s music show. She said, “Hi!” I replied, “Good evening! How are you?” She said, “Fine,” and then told me that she was going to be my Special Assistant for the evening since she was the oldest child there. I laughed and then said, “OK, if you insist!”
As I began setting up my assortment of percussion instruments, Kaleena asked me, “Do you have any musical spoons?” I said, “Actually, I do!” So I went to my bag and pulled out my musical spoons. Her eyes lit up. Excitedly, she asked, “Can I have them?” I told her no because I needed to share them with other children and that these were the only spoons I had.
She then asked, “When you get some more, can I have these?” (Obviously, I can’t afford to give away equipment because they are so expensive. However, I couldn’t say no.) I told her that if I get another pair, I will give her the spoons if I see her again. So Kaleena ripped off her name tag that she was wearing (all of the children who attend this event must wear a name tag) and stuck it on the spoons so I wouldn’t forget.
Well about a month later, I was performing at this same venue when – you guessed it – Kaleena came up to me again, with her beautiful smile. She didn’t ask about the spoons, however. She just assisted me as she did the previous month. At the end of the show, as she was leaving with her parents, I said, “Kaleena, you forgot something.” She turned, looked and then started smiling. It was the musical spoons. She said, “Thank you Uncle Devin,” gave me a hug and left.
I have not seen her again, which in this case is a good thing. You see, I was performing my monthly children show at the Homeless Children’s Playtime Project (HCPP). It turns out that Kaleena and her family were homeless and staying at the temporary shelter at the site of DC General Hospital. She is one of 600 DC children living in a DC shelter.
I don’t know if I will ever see Kaleena again, but where ever she may be, I hope the magical spoons bring her as much joy and happiness as she has brought to me. Please support HCPP. You can do so by going to their website at http://www.playtimeproject.net/.