"The free play of art is the result of mastery. " --Ernst Fischer, The Necessity of Art

"Children are likely to live up to what you believe of them." --Ladybird Johnson

"...a well-trained ear, a well-trained intelligence, a well-trained heart, and a well-trained hand...." --Zoltan Kodaly


Daily life, 12

In Kindergarten Music class today, we were moving like big heavy creatures, to demonstrate the dynamics and tempo of some music (a Chopin Rhapshody). Most of the children chose to be dinosaurs, and were stomping up close around me....except for Lesley*, who was waaayyy over in a corner, calmly standing still and delicately stretching her head towards the ceiling.

Me: Hey there, Lesley*-o-saur, how come you're way over there?
Lesley*: I don't belong with those other kids.
Me: Really? How come?
Lesley*: I'm a plant-eater.

*Lesley, of course, is not this dinosaur's, I mean child's, real name.

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