For those of us who are older, that expression can conjure up movie moments that include Frankenstein, or even a mummy. Things that you would not expect to move and act do, and it can be very frightening for those who see the unexpected get up and walk around. Especially if it seems that these entities are "out to get you". Clearly, in a zombie movie, they are, so...better start running, eh?
However, it is spring, and things that have been lying dormant are now waking up, like tree buds and small insects. I have to admit it was not fun playing catch with my son in the park, the other day, just due to the sheer number of gnats that I think I swallowed. Extra protein, right? Blech!
I am thinking about ideas, though, and how we plan for what is happening right now, in the classroom. Yesterday, Dr. David Kroll came to speak to a large group of our students about Henrietta Lacks, and her still living cells. This idea was hatched out awhile back, and the behind the scenes work is just now coming to life in many ways. It's alive in the imagination and thought processes of our students. Dr. Kroll was most impressed with their presence, as well as at the questions they asked. This can only happen because this idea was allowed life, and was shared by the team that put it together. Learning is a living entity, when done correctly.
So, looking to the future, and making plans for what comes after, is really important. Your life has a life, for lack of a better way of putting it. Instead of sitting back, and letting life "happen" to you, take the initiative to make a plan that you can breathe life into, and see what comes from that! It's important that you take the opportunity to bring your dreams out to share, and pretty soon, you will be able to say "It's Alive!", as well!
People often say that if you were ever a fly on the wall of their car, you would think they were crazy. I think that this is true of most of us! I would take it further to say that if you were ever a fly on the wall of my brain, you would say the same thing.
SO...I was driving home from school the other day, and as I was going down Western, I turned to the left to see all these wonderful rays of the sun filtering through the clouds, and down to the ground. It was really such a phenomenal sight that I immediately thought of a song. The song ran through my head, and it matched the vision, and it was just kind of like one of those perfect moments that sticks with you. Nothing significant happened, and yet...it did.
And then, left field comes into play.
The thought ran across my brain that I wondered if cave men made music, or sang. And if so, what kind of music might that be? Did they have instruments? From there, my brain streaks over to Phineas & Ferb, and the cave man song, Zubada (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=67Rpm6w6viM). I love this song! I want it for a ring tone!
Back to the original question about cavemen, and did they sing? Which leads to why do we sing? Why do we make music? Why did the song that jumped into my brain make the visual display of sunlight more relevant, somehow? How can I make Zubada my ring tone?
A moment in time, where the brain goes wherever it wants to. What happens in your car on the way home?
Jill D. Ray
As Big Al would say, The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.