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"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, 91

Today in Grade Two Music, we were discussing the further adventures of Harold (our imaginary friend).

It seems that poor Harold went scuba-diving with his girlfriend, FiFi, when he accidentally--not looking where he was going, of course---he does tend to do that a lot---well, he swam into a Very Dangerous Place.

Kids     Where did he go?  What happened?  Is he OK?  Did you get a letter from him?

Me      Well, he went right into the mouth of a very big fish.

Kids    A whale?  A killer whale? 

Sam*    I saw a killer whale once.  It was in the zoo.

Jodi*   Aw, that's not true.  They don't have whales in zoos, right?

Carli*    I think he must have been very frightened.

Me*     He sure was.

Dinitra*    How in the world did he fit into the whale's mouth?

Me*     Well, you see, the whale just happened to be in the middle of a big old yawn.  So Harold just thought it was a cave or something, and swam right in.   He's been trying to get out ever since.

Charles*    Man.  I'm gonna pray for that boy.

(At this point, we all laughed and started singing out next song....)

*Sam, Jodi, Carli, Dinitra and Charles are not, of course, the real names of these highly imaginative youngsters.

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