I sat on the tiny carpeted stage in the auditorium, and invited families to come sit on the floor and sing. A trickly at first, as families began at the other stations, but little by little more kids and parents were drawn to the music. By the time we were halfway through the 90-minute event I must've had fifteen kids singing with me, everything from If I Had a Hammer and Hinei Mah Tov to This Little Light of Mine. I even got the kids to stand up and march in place while I made up some call-and-response chants about freedom, peace and love, simple enough for little ones to catch on. It was a lot of fun for all of us, kids and adults alike. Some kids came up to me after the program ended and I let them strum my guitar gently while I changed chords, always a surefire way to make them smile. And that, in turn, made me smiled wider.
I haven't had as many opportunities to do preschool music of late, so I was very glad for this one. Preschoolers rock! When you're three, everything is always now, which is an amazing state of mind for adults to go back and hang out in periodically. I look forward to more opportunities to hang out with the nice folks at PJ Library Portland.
If you're the parent of a Jewish child and would like to find out more about Books, music and other resources for little ones in the Jewish community, PJ Library is a good place to start.
You can look up the nearest PJ Library chapter for more info:
And if you're inspired by Dr. King's legacy to carry on the work of social, racial and economic justice, there are opportunities all around -- in your faith community, at school, at work. Because the world still needs repairing, and it's up to each of us carry on the work.
UPDATE: Video from the event is now uploaded at my YouTube Channel and also at the Pix and Vids page.
(photos below by nicole walters)