Friday, May 2, 2008

The Pied Piper


I have to write another post about this morning. The more I think about it, the more blown away I am at how great Sidy is with kids. Picture 250 kids under the age of 12 sitting on the floor of the gym hanging on every. single. word.

It was pretty remarkable.

I got a sense that some of the kids Sidy picked to come up and dance or play were kids that usually have trouble concentrating or following directions or sitting still or whatever. But you know what? They had no problem whatsoever with dancing or banging a drum. They were engaged. Respectful. Excited.

The truth of this was apparent at the end when the children were asked if they had questions.

They had questions. Tons of them. Incredibly insightful questions.

Why are the drums so loud? (So that the neighboring village can hear them!)

Are there special outfits to wear at particular events?

What are the names of the dances you taught us?

How do you (the drummers) know your own parts and not get confused?

What a sweet, wonderful bunch of kids.

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