"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, 5

Helping Ks and First Graders at school breakfast this morning...trying to spread cream cheese on Samantha's* bagel with a spork. (Spork: spoon + fork + not very functional)

Me: Oops! Sorry, Sam, that bagel just slipped right out of my hands. Yuck---it planted a facer on the table, didn't it?

Samantha* (picking up the bagel and giving it a serious eye) Now listen here, bagel, you sit down and behave yourself.

A few minutes later, at the Kindergarten table...

Me: Jamie, what in the world happened to all of those Lucky Charms that were just in your bowl?

Jamie*: Oh, they runned outside to play on the swings.

Imagination. Don't leave home without it.

*Samantha and Jamie are, of course, not their real names.

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