"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, 56

I stopped one of the 4th grade teachers in the hallway, to show her some of the kids' work.

Me Hey, Mrs. Grant*, take a look! Here's our graphic novels from Music class. The kids created them and then set them to music.

Mrs. Grant* Wow, those look great. Speech bubbles and everything.

Me Yep. A lot of writing got done for this project.

At this point, one of the boys at the end of the line of kids let out a yelp.

Jent* Whaaaat? Hey! You got us to write!

Me Yeah, I did. What about it? It was part of the project.

Jent* I know! But I hate writing!

Me Well, you did a lot of it today. And artwork, too.

Jent* Art's OK. But I hate writing!

Luckily, he was smiling by the end, although somewhat ruefully.

*Jent is, of course, not this reluctant writer-but happy graphic novelist's real name.

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