Since January, Mary has been warbling her songs for Spring Sing from the back seat of my car. “Turn off the radio! ” she’ll cry, “I have better songs!”
And she does,
“Ah courage, ah courage, do not get discouraged.
Ah courage, ah courage, do not get discouraged.”
“Trying, trying again. Like the man Abraham Lincoln.”
“When you’re determined you will find that life’s big hills will be easier to climb.”
“Enthusiasm, most folks say, is important in this life. To accomplish the things that you want done, and I’ll say ‘Yes sir! I’ll sure try!”
Her voice, those lyrics, have shaped my days and molded my thoughts. More than once I’ve recalled the truth that everything we need to know, we learn in Kindergarten.
But if you were to ask my honest opinion, I’d say that Discovery Kindergarten has been the best money I’ve spent this year (and if I told you how little it was compared to preschool in Texas, the out-of-staters would probably try to commute). My shy little girl has been nurtured and loved and now takes great pride in reading big-girl books.
For fifteen years, I’ve written an almost-monthly check to the same preschool/kindergarten. Every month, I shorten the name on the check to Children’s Disco.
And then I laugh aloud at my own joke.