first of all, just like in my childhood experiences of peace vigils on friday afternoons, know that all children had the option not to participate. all children knew they could drop out at any time. with that being understood, we prepared for a walk towards the nearest busy street a couple of blocks away.
after reading one of our dr. king books the children chose what message they wanted on their sign.
we framed it by asking the children to think of something they liked to do with grown ups or something they don’t want to have happen to them. admittedly, when mr rob put on this year’s theme song in the background, i almost got pretty teary:
don’t hit me
don’t push me
walk with me
share with me
keep the earth clean
don’t be naughty
play with me
don’t call me names
we pretended that we were walking with the hundreds of thousands of people who walked before, we waved and smiled at passing cars, and in our little town, i think we confused some people.
confusion can be good sometimes.