Today I'm handing my blog over to my grandson, the Little Scholar. Eight years old, he finished second grade last Friday and brought home a stellar report card to show for it. His backpack was filled with papers, Pokeman cards, pencils, crayons, and old treasures rediscovered in the deep recesses of his desk. Oh, I had forgotten the unbridled joy of a child's last day of school!
Among his papers was this writer's journal (photo above), mandated, no doubt, by his teacher, but embraced by the Little Scholar. In it, he describes himself as a "poet and author." Wow. I wonder how I might have described myself at his age. What would you have written about yourself?
Here is one of the poems from his journal, which the Little Scholar has offered to share with you:
The Sounds in a Rainstorm
A storm is full
of the nicest sounds,
It BOOMS! and BANGS!
With kids JuMpInG in puddles,
The wind and flags
are flapping fast,
Suddenly it is quiet,
and peaceful again.
- Tony Lucas
I'm very happy that young students are being exposed to poetry and prose. It bodes well for our community. When children are taught to listen to the world around them and interpret what they hear, beauty is bound to happen.
Thanks for reading, and if you are so inclined to leave a comment today, you can be sure that the reply will come from the Little Scholar himself. Have fun with kids this summer!
The music selection today was very easy..."Storm" or the 3rd Movement of Antonio Vivaldi's "Summer" of "Four Seasons". I think the Little Scholar got a kick out of hearing that his name, Anthony, tranlates to 'Antonio' in Italian.
I presented him with three versions of this selection; one filled with special effects from techno-pop diva Vanessa Mae, one with a fabulous young electric guitarist from Kazakhstan, and one straightforward chamber orchestra version. To my utter surprise and delight, he selected the latter version. When asked why he chose that one, he answered, "It sounds like it's supposed to sound"...another purist in the family!
This is the Israel Chamber Orchestra with Paul Levin on the violin and David Zebba in the conductor's chair. Enjoy!