For those of us who do it, one of the benefits of doing kids’ music is that we can continually access that joyful, inquisitive, full-of-life child within us that gets dried up, beaten down and squeezed out of most other adults in our society. As a psychologist, I’m constantly reminded that adults are simply little kids in big bodies. So each day I juggle the thousands of kid-type questions that bubble up from within me. For instance, the Children’s Music Network calls this journal Pass It On!
When someone we love dies, or when we lose a pet, or when our pumpkin seed project at school wilts and dries up in the window, while Darlene Snodquist’s pumpkin seed plant is lush and green and looks like something Jack could climb in another week or so, ... we get another chance to to feel mortal - to be human and afraid and aware that we only have a limited time here with our friends and family.
Those of us who work with kids, musically or otherwise, know what it’s like to be on the “upside” of the see-saw. We try to stay on the down side, to stay in control of things, but sometimes working with kids, we don’t always get what we expect! We’re constantly reminded that we’re not really in charge.