Thanks to the kindness of my friend Camilla (for watching my girls) I had the opportunity to accompany Guy at field day at school on Friday.
During "opening ceremonies" they played the Star-Spangled Banner as they do every Monday morning in school. We were standing together as teams made up of a mix of ages when the song began. As it played, I noticed only a few sweet voices ringing out in unison...and they were mostly the younger voices. I searched for Guy in the crowd and sure enough, he was singing the words to the national anthem along with another little boy from his class.
I was so proud of him. Among a sea of adults and older kids, it was the youngest children who made the sweetest contribution that morning and knew enough to do so.
I made my way over to him, knelt by his side and started singing too.
Once again, I was so grateful that Guy got the teacher that he did for Kindergarten this year, because I know that she's the one that taught Guy to sing the National Anthem.
FHE was an all-weekend thing...bike rides to the park, kickball games, cookouts, s'mores, swimming...we had a blast together! But I think teaching our children to sing the national anthem or to say the pledge of allegiance or to stand when the flag passes by or to thank a serviceman would make for a great FHE activity. You can check out The Smithsonian website for some educational activities to help kids learn about the Star-Spangled Banner.