Feel Good Friday, February 20, 2014
If you’re a morning person, while you’re reading this I am probably visiting my 4th school in three days, playing music, performing poetry and telling stories to kids ranging from kindergarten to fifth grade.
And that’s what I feel good about today.
I have been a musical performer for about 50 years and I have had some really good nights. But the truth of the matter is, the best night I ever had performing in a bar or restaurant, doesn’t stack up against a day spent entertaining and encouraging kids in an elementary school. When I make them laugh, to me, it’s the sweetest sound in the world. When I tell a story and the room is so quiet you could literally hear a pin drop. That is the sweet silence.
At the end of a program, as teachers are organizing the march from the Media Center back to the classroom, it’s those kids who duck out of line and run over to ask one last question about “when did I decide to be writer”. They are the ones who help make these experiences so great.
As part of this three day, four school tour, last night I re-visited Lehigh Elementary in Lehigh, Florida. I have a very unique relationship with this school and this was my 6th visit. Tonight I was the pirate, Captain Bookbeard, singing the original ditty: Pearls of wisdom, jewels of knowledge, learn my lessons just like college. Search for treasure, where to look… on the pages of a book.
I have way too much fun doing these author visits, and the typical post presentation discussion is one about “Who had the better time; the students or me?
So I’m feeling pretty good about myself right now. I know I reached some kids with my message about reading, writing, literacy and family values. Do I need to aspire to anything greater than that?
Yeah, I probably do. But for now it’s Friday… and I feel good.