During a “March is Reading Month Assembly, I shared “Patricia Polacco’s book about her old man and we all recalled special people in our lives. Then, the students went back to their classrooms and wrote their stories.
These kids and their teachers were wonderful. I shared a little bit different music with each of the groups and everything went well. My favorite of the day was when I shared “This Land is Your Land” with the kids. I talked all of different people running for president and asked if a man, a woman, an African American, a Native American, a Mexican American, and when I turned around, even though I had already said Asian, this kid looked at me and said “And Asian”, could be president? All of the kids were looking at me and I asked again, “Why can all of these people be president?” Again, all of the kids, And all of the teachers were looking at me. So, I strummed the guitar and said, “Yes, because “This Land is Made For You and Me” and we sang the chorus again. I could see it in the teachers face, “Okay, you did it, It worked”. We had fun!
I was pleased to go to the little town of Weidman in northern Michigan. Pastor Scott Smith invited me to be the “Special Guest” and share some of my stories and songs. The students met at the United Methodist Church. The kids and the adults sang along and Pastor Scott picked a little on his mandolin. It was a great day!
Tia and several of her friends enjoyed a birthday party. Tia’a parents invited me to share the song, “There’s a Bunny in My Backyard” and a few of Tia’s other favorite songs. I enjoyed singing with everyone!
In the fall of 2014, I was invited to the “Fall Festival” at the Oshtemo Branch of the Kalamazoo Branch of the Kalamazoo Public Library. Kids, parents and grandparents joined me with songs and stories of “Lucky Lindy”, ” The Big Strong Handsome Raccoon”, “Let’s Go Fishing Now” and other songs.