I've been very happy with Eli's school, with the area we're in, with the wonderful balance we've found in life with each of the kids and otherwise. But today, I got a letter from the school about their upcoming music concert: "Superstar" theme. The kids are invited to dress up as their favorite superstar. Lovely. So, what, does that mean there's going to be a bunch of Hannah Montana's and Justin Bieber's? Ugh... I've cringed when I've heard Eli mention that he's been singing pop songs at school. Not that this single thing is a deal breaker for us, and homeschool people, please don't pounce on me. But whatever happened to simple oldies like "Tis the Gift to be Simple". I remember singing stuff like that when I was in school. Classics are GOOD. Stick with 'em.
'Tis the gift to be simple,
'tis the gift to be free,
'tis the gift to come down
where we ought to be,
and when we find ourselves in the place just right,
'twill be in the valley of love and delight.
When true simplicity is gained
to bow and to bend we shan't be ashamed,
to turn, turn, will be our delight
till by turning, turning we come round right.
'Tis the gift to be loved and that love to return,
'Tis the gift to be taught and a richer gift to learn,
And when we expect of others what we try to live each day,
Then we'll all live together and we'll all learn to say,
'Tis the gift to have friends and a true friend to be,
'Tis the gift to think of others not to only think of "me",
And when we hear what others really think and really feel,
Then we'll all live together with a love that is real.