My little people (1st grade, 2nd grade & 3rd grade) are getting ready for a concert. We've been singing their music for about 2 months now, and we are getting pretty good at it, if I do say so myself. Yesterday, one class sang through all their music with no help - no background singers on the CD, no books to look at, no nothing. They did well, so I said they could sing one of their songs that they really like.
I put on the CD and they sang away at the top of their little lungs.
As I was moving around my class, putting a couple things away, getting ready for the next class, I looked over at the back row.
And there was the face of unadulterated joy.
4 little second graders singing away, smiling, enjoying the music and bouncing along to the beat. And I thought: "That's what joy looks like".
I just couldn't help but smile.