This pass Tuesday the children went to West Farms Library to see a magic show. They had high expectations…a little too high for the magicians. After seeing the first few tricks, Brianna yelled out: “How about doing some real magic? Pull a rabbit out of your hat!!”
This comment was ignored and since I was a bit far from her, I could not get her attention to tell her to stop yelling out.
Time passed and after a water trick (the magician ‘turned’ water red, however, the kids saw the Kool-Aid powder at the bottom of the cup) Brianna yelled out: how about turning your entire body green?!
This thought provoked everyone and before long, the entire body of teens and young children were chanting: TURN GREEN!! TURN GREEN!!
This made the magician stop the show to tell his audience that unfortunately, that was one trick he could not do. At these words the kids calmed down and the show continued.
Pretty Soon the kids next to me, turned to me and asked: Is this all of their tricks? I thought it was going to be a circus! They are not real…I had begun to feel like they wanted to leave. However, every time the magicians pulled a new trick out the hat, they had the children’s attention.
Seeing a magic show requires one to pay close attention to the act and quick thinking. While the children did not get all the acts, the ones that they did get made them feel powerful.
On Patrick’s last day at the center, we surprised him with a thank you celebration.
He’s been giving the children piano lessons for a year and some months so they have grown accustomed to him. They learned so many songs- most of the songs we sing while going on trips- because of him and his beautiful playing.
The Musician’s Aid Society is the program that made it possible for Patrick to faithfully expose the children to the piano every week . As a teacher I am very grateful for the time he spent with the children. There is something magnificent about live music as oppose to hearing it off the radio. And every lesson counts, especially for the child brain.