Danielle Bean, a wife and mother of eight, is editorial director of Faith & Family magazine and author of My Cup of Tea, Mom to Mom, Day to Day, and most recently Small Steps for Catholic Moms. Read more of her blogging at Faith & Family Live and DanielleBean.com.
Here’s a little something for your weekend.
Since it has over 4 million views on YouTube, perhaps you have already heard 7-year-old Anthony Gargiula‘s rendition of the National Anthem.
But I think it’s worth listening to again.
The video is a little dated—Anthony is now 10 years old. You can hear him sing a more recent rendition of the Star Spangled Banner in this December 2009 video.
We are accustomed to seeing enormous talent that goes hand in hand with corruption. I think part of what makes us go so crazy over young prodigies like Anthony is the fact that it’s such a rarity to see raw talent coupled with unspoiled innocence.
Young Anthony’s bio on his website reads, in part:
When asked what the future holds Anthony said, “I would love to be on Radio Disney some day and maybe on American Idol when I’m 16 years old. That is a long way away for me. I want to famous long before that.”
Here’s hoping he does a little math and phonics, a little hanging from the monkey bars, and a little kicking a soccer ball around the yard before that too.