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Aug 04, 2004

Quaker Oaths


13 March 2003 Peace Demonstration
image yoinked from the City of Berkeley Mayor's Office

Next Sunday I am co-leading "First Day School" at the Durham Friends Meeting. I've never done this before, and in fact I've only seen it done once. Last week. By a master teacher and single mom of two.

Fortunately, my co-leader Erica loves drama, and she's come up with a theme: bravery & courage. Erica plans to use half the time with creating a skit. I get 20 minutes for some combination of (by request from the kids), "spelling bee, sing silly songs, and not watch VeggieTales."

Perhaps I can write some funny lyrics with bravery and courage as a theme? To some tune that the kids already know?

Your ideas (for silly songs, spelling bees, or anything else pertaining to nice kids -- aged mostly 5 to 10) are warmly welcomed.

Side note about kids: I have always felt uncomfortable with the idea that kids should wave banners that their parents told them how to write (whether they be liberal, conservative, or Taoist). It just seems a touch freaky to me. So. We'll see. But no banners. I swear.

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How about a few songs from that children's show, Avenue Q?

I'm thinking a rousing chorus of "The Internet is for Porn" would do the trick.



Posted by: Tarus | Aug 4, 2004 10:18:38 AM

The above comment is really funny. Sorry I have no suggestions, as I consider children to be cute alien beings.

Posted by: pinky | Aug 4, 2004 12:16:09 PM

The comment about kids waving banners containing the dogma of their parents reminds me of at least one South Park episode--the one about the rainforest I think? It's been a while.

I'm all about spelling bees and not watching VeggieTales. More power to the Quaker kids!

Ditto on the Avenue Q comment, and props to Phil for the awesome title to this entry.

Posted by: minty | Aug 4, 2004 2:36:47 PM

i think that it is even freakier when people give (or tie, rather) signs to their pets. how do they know their puppy is against the war?

Posted by: michele | Aug 4, 2004 6:09:00 PM

"Quaker Oaths." Heh.

You know who's brave? Piglet. And kids love him!

Posted by: Jerry | Aug 4, 2004 8:17:15 PM

RE: pets with their people's slogans: I know that my cat, Hepcat, is in favor of world domination, with her as supreme overlord. My other cat, Bean, is in favor of more time for gutting whatever crosses his path. Neither one of them gives a rat's ass about any of the wars the US is currently waging.

RE: kids: I got nothing. Also, I've never much been inclined for "kids' songs." I picked out my first LP for myself at age 5; it was The Jackson Five's ABC. There was no going back after that. Except, of course, for the really morbid songs that are inexplicably taught to kids, like "I know an old lady who swallowed a fly." That one is awesome. OK, so basically I am of no help at all. Good luck, Phil!

Posted by: Fikri | Aug 5, 2004 10:39:38 AM

You should totally write a song to the tune of "ABC" by the Jackson Five!

Posted by: Sarah | Aug 5, 2004 3:48:37 PM

Bra-ve-ry! Easy as 1-2-3. A-B-C, Bra-ve-ry, you and me! [insert guitar riff]

Posted by: Phil | Aug 5, 2004 4:30:48 PM

Art projects. Art projects went over well.

The skits tended to fall apart b/c of the general 10-year-old-boyness of many of the 10-year-old boys, who would give themselves "butt chins" with scotch tape when we were role-playing, say, Quaker themes in the tale of the Good Samaritan (or "that blacksmith dude" that he improbably morphed into over the course of the class).

I mean, it was great. But I found the curriculum had to be flexible. Good luck.

Posted by: G. | Aug 12, 2004 3:50:30 PM