A few things about it.
1. The subway with a bunch of third graders always cracks me up.
2. We went to go see "Songs From the Soul" at Brooklyn College. There were easily over 1,000 kids there. My school was the only predominantly white one. I can't quite believe that there were no other schools with a sizable white population that deemed this performance worthwhile. Very interesting.
3. Sassy New Favorite cried twice because she was so sad about the assassination of Martin Luther King. A teacher from another school who happened to be sitting next to her consoled her. It wasn't until later in the day during P.E. that Girl Named After a Season cheered her up by telling her that Dr. King still lives on when we talk about him and remember him.
4. Class Heartthrob also shed a tear during the segment on Dr. King. Or at least he claimed to.
5. I don't need to be in an audience during a performance of that "Our Children Are the Future" song ever ever again.
6. How do you have a performance about the history of African-American music, call it "Songs From the Soul" and not even mention Ray Charles?
7. In the year 2006, the song "Whoomp! (There It Is)" is still quite the crowdpleaser.
8. It is quite a ridiculous sight to see our kids and only our kids put arms on each other's shoulders and sway meaningfully to "We Shall Overcome" - the only school that did it. We shall overcome oversize strollers and being forced to sit in carseats until the age of ten?
9. On the walk back to the subway, Obsessed With 9/11 Boy saw an issue of a free newspaper with "Brokeback Mountain" on the cover. He exclaimed, "Ooohhh! Is that a free paper?" before trying to grab it. Not wanting to get into a discussion about gay cowboys or the absurdity of Jake Gyllenhaal being nominated for Best SUPPORTING? Actor, I deftly nudged him along past the paper.
10. During a bout of silliness on the return subway trip, Cheese Boy bit Class Heartthrob on the arm. What?
11. Later I found out from Mondale about this exchange that I think occurred on the trip today between him and Stingy Landlord's daughter who is in his class.
It went something like this.
Mondale had his cellphone out.
Stingy Landlord's Daughter: Does your phone have the internet on it?
Mondale: Yes, but I don't need it. I was thinking of cancelling it anyway.
Stingy Landlord's Daughter: Why don't you get a better phone that that one?
Mondale: Because I don't need one or really want one.
Stingy Landlord's Daughter: Why not?
Mondale: I don't know. I just don't use it that much.
Stingy Landlord's Daughter: Be honest, is it because of the money?
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