I’m nearing the end of sharing yesterday’s slice with the kids. I’ve been trying on some new moves and curious to see how they land in a room full of 9-year olds.
Savvy literary aficionados or not, they still listen.
And this, after years in this profession, still amazes me. Kids love a great story.
Or even a so-so one.
I come to the end of the post, and they pause.
They’re so quiet
Did they like it?
Moving on, as 4th graders do, one of them offers
You should write about us!
A chorus of voices responds
That sounds amazing! But, what should I write about?
Like, did anything happen getting to art and back?
What happened on the playground today!
They say, assuming I know.
Yeah, like when Ms. C asked should we wear hoods or hats? And what’s the difference?
Suddenly they’re fired up.
You could also share our song!
Now, this is interesting.
We’re writing a song!
*Some-body once told me the world was macaroni so i took a bite out of a tree
it tasted like a pony and I thought that was funny so I bit a mon-keeeey
the monkey was sad and felt like I was bad and pushed me out of the tree
a hundred years later he turned into Darth Vader and sliced me into three*
Hat tip to 4C for the inspiration.
Not sure where they’ll go with the song. but for the time being, I’m pretty impressed.
So I’m running with it.
* Not my verses, this is solely the work of T&N, 4th grade wandering minstrels