Dear Francis, Mary, Kieran, Augustine, Finnian, and Cecilia —
Did you watch the Royal Wedding, or anyhow some of it, on Saturday? I hope you saw the part I showed my students at Melissa today, but if you didn’t, WATCH THIS. Your parents can explain how the song became an anthem, a sort of symbol, during the Civil Rights Movement in the U.S.
For now, look at these words near the end. See what a great English lesson it was for the young women!
If the sky that we look upon
Should tumble and fall
Or the mountain should crumble to the sea,
I won’t cry, I won’t cry
No, I won’t shed a tear
Just as long as you stand, stand by me.
Two questions as they listened:
- “‘I won’t be a friend!’ But, Teacher, why not?” I explained, and they understood instantly: “I won’t be afraid!”
- The title of this blog (“What means ‘Stand by Me’?” ) was a little tougher. I really wish one of you had been there to help me out. But then one of the young women shouted and pointed to her friend sitting across the table — “I know, I know — like you, like me, like you AND me. Here at Melissa!”
The women at Melissa are amazing. Sometimes, I just sit back and watch them teach themselves.
Missing you all!
P.S. Did you know that Auntie Elizabeth has done art with them here?
So lovely to read these beautiful stories. Thanks for what you are doing!