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?