There she is, my daughter, not caring one bit who hears her or whether they approve of her actions. She saw a piano, saw an opportunity and knew she had to sing. I sit there, slightly mortified at first and then slowly relishing this moment. She doesn’t care, she is performing, doing what she loves, making up songs that take their truth from the pictures. She is just being her…
I worry what will happen to this part of her personality as she grows up. will she continue to do what feels right at that very moment? Will she have opportunities to create when she has that urge? To sing and play and do what makes her her?
Will school allow her to stay herself or will the rules of the classroom tell her to be quiet, to sit down, to do what is prescribed and follow the program. Will her only chance of individuality be choosing what color pen to write in or the picture on her binder? Will she be lucky enough to have teachers that will continue to offer her opportunities to explore herself, to continue to build her confidence while teaching her the rules of society?
I do not expect for her to be given a free pass to perform like the kids in Fame, but I hope someone recognizes that this little girl is not afraid to share. Not afraid to express herself. Not afraid to raise her voice, and that they will celebrate it rather than roll their eyes and tell her to sit down and listen. I hope school doesn’t take my little girl out of her. I hope school becomes a place for growth and not for reigning in and quieting down. I hope she gets an opportunity to create and express herself in some way.