"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, 29

Early this morning, when I was on hallway duty, Esther* (a sweet 4th grader) was walking down the hallway when a 2nd grade boy came barrelling out of his classroom, arms open wide. Esther* edged up against the wall and scurried past the little boy.

Me: Esther*, what's going on? Didn't you want Jordan* to hug you?

Esther*: No way!

Me: Hmmm, does he bug you or something?

Esther*: Well, see, he LIKE likes me.

Later in the day....

Second Grade, sitting on the floor, playing a very exciting card game, Name the Instrument, with the kids.

Me: Hey, everyone, would you mind scooting back just a little bit? I'm getting kind of claustrophobic with you crowding over me like this.

After a minute or so....

Hank* (looking at me with a quizzical expression) : Wait, Ms. N, does that mean that you're afraid of Santa Claus?

Esther*, Jordan* and Hand* are, of course, not these students' real names.

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