"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, 100

In Second Grade, several children were having a murmured discussion while taking off their coats before school began.    After a few minutes, one of the kids came over to me.

James*     So, do you believe in Santa Claus or not?

Me           Hmm.  Why are you asking me that, James?

James*     Well.  Some of the kids are saying he's not real.

Me          Hmmm.  What do you think?

James*      I don't know for sure if he is, or not. But I'm going to keep believing anyway, just in case.
                  I'm not taking any chances!

*James, of course, is not this pragmatic child's real name.

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