Several weeks ago, Yuri’s teacher asked me if I thought Yuri would want to sing the National Anthem at the Kindergarten Rodeo. I told her I would ask. But then, of course, I forgot about it. So a couple of days later…
YURI: Mom! I’m singing the National Anthem at school.
ME: Ohhh yeah. Do you even KNOW the National Anthem?
YURI: Yeah, I know it. It’s the NASCAR song.
Why, yes. Yes, it is.
Fast forward a few weeks. She, along with 3 other little girls, did indeed sing it and did a great job. Brother Jack was there and asked her if she’d sing it at church on the Sunday before Memorial Day. She said yes. (This child has no performance anxiety, as you might have noticed from some of her dancing videos)
Sunday morning rolled around and she was decked out in her American flag skirt, looking so patriotic even Lee Greenwood would be proud. When she was called up front to sing, the congregation stood, she sang and I videoed. As she finished the song, I stopped the video because that’s what one would do, right? Well, Yuri decided to add a little spice to the song and ended it with “Gentleman, START YOUR ENGINES!” Yes, yes, she did. Of course, being the only real NASCAR fan in the family, I’m getting the blame/credit for this little outburst, but I had nothing to do with it.
Anyway, here’s the video of the song. You’ll have to use your imagination for the NASCAR moment.