I'm watching my grandson, Liam's Kindergarten Memories video for the 100th time. Tears are streaming down my cheeks for the 100th time, too. I'm certainly not sad, but I really can't say I'm happy either. I think the word that describes my feelings right now might be overwhelmed. Being totally submerged in the purity of mind, heart, and soul reflected in the eyes of all those beautiful, untainted beings, leaves me breathless. At no other time in the life of a human is there the awesome potential to be whatever you wish to be as when you are 5 years old and living in the magical kingdom called "kindergarten."
"Somewhere Over the Rainbow" is softly playing as pictures of children laughing and learning glide across the screen. Their exuberance for life is obvious. They believe that anything is possible and they know their personal dreams will come true. The potential they possess now will never be greater; they merely have to use their God-given power to realize it. Their unblemished ability to accept and love others for who they are rather than who they might want them to be is mind boggling.
How could ones so young embrace differences without passing judgment or inflicting unspeakable pain?
I now hear "What A Wonderful World!" playing in the background. Besides being one of my most favorite songs of all time, I think what an appropriate choice for this amazing video. The lyrics as well as the melody bring great hope for the future to my biased, self-righteous, rigid adulthood. These children have no preconceptions about life; their intentions are pure. These children do not think they are always right; their willingness to listen is pure. These children are not stuck in narrow mindedness; their eagerness for exploration is pure.
"I hear babies cry; I watch them grow. They'll learn much more than I'll ever know. And I think to myself, "What A Wonderful World!"