It was a program in the lunch room of all the first grade classes. They sang songs and read verses to honor their grandparents. Tom couldn't attend because he was teaching. Erica had saved seats in the front row and Murgatroyd sat almost directly in front of us, where we could see her gorgeous face and hear her sing, "Four Hugs a Day," with hand and arm movements. She also had a small speaking part, which she said in a poised and clear voice. I am proud to be her grandmother. Carlos took this picture in the classroom with his iPhone.
Today was Murgatroyd's seventh birthday and she got a "Kit Kittredge" American Doll and also the film KIT KITTREDGE, which we watched after dinner and birthday cake. The movie took place in 1934. We learned about hobos, prejudice, soup kitchens and the depression. You will be surprised to hear that Kit Kittredge saved the day and published her first newspaper article at the age of ten. It was almost life-like.
Murgatroyd is not her real name, of course. Carlos (not his real name either) told me that nasty people read my blog and will come looking for Murgatroyd if I advertise her name all over the blogosphere. Nasty people are not my intended audience, but I know enough about Reader Response Theory to know that you don't know who your audience might be at any given moment. If you are reading this and you ARE a nasty person, stop reading this instant. I mean it. Cease and desist!