"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, 16

Last Thursday, one of my third graders asked me what the top of the conga drum was made from.

Me: Um, you won't like it when I tell you what it really is.
Kids: Tell us!
Me: It's leather. You know, it's made from cow's skin.
Kids: Eeewww....
Jenita*: What? We're playing on dead cows?
Me: Well, yes. What do you think you're eating, Jenita, when you have hamburgers at lunch?
Jenita* (slowly, with a shocked expression) What? Hamburgers.....hamburgers.....hamburgers are NOT dead cows.
Me: What'd you think they were?
Jenita*: Oh......
Kids: Eeeewww! Don't tell us that! How are we gonna eat lunch now?

PostScript: Passing by the lunchroom a bit later, I noticed hamburgers being eaten at the usual rate....rest easy, lunchroom ladies, they're not vegetarians....yet.

*Jenita is, naturally, not this child's real name.

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