Well here is a new one for you.
I live in a very little town and we have little cute, well town stuff. Like our Gala Day which celebrated its 25th year. But I digress. Back in May Mama and Papa and Uncle Jim, from Betsy's Folly Studios went to the Mont Vernon Village School and recorded those kids singing my song, well, you know how I feel about that. And Miss Leesha, the music teacher had these kids sing the song while others played ukeleles and others guitars. It was so great. First Mama went to the Mont Vernon Village School during "Read Across America" week in February. She and Papa went and had breakfast I mean, like where was I?
I LOVE BREAKFAST,
with the library director, Pat and other volunteers, and then MY BOOK got to go into three classes and Mama read it to the students there. What fun that was!!. Of course the book was not out in printed form and we were still using the Story Board that Mama has been using and updating for five years. I mean,
IT HAS BEEN A LONG TIME THIS JOURNEY OF OURS!
We met Miss Leesha, the music teacher after that. We gave her all of the music for my story, and she and her kids practiced, and practiced, and practiced until finally in May, we went and recorded. Mama is going to try to put it on this web site, so watch for it. Then, on the 17, Principal Schuttinger allowed us to bring the printed copy of the book to three classrooms of kids. It was so exciting. Each classroom we played the kids singing The Adventure of Dharma Doxie. Then Mama, being the ol teacher she is, taught the kids in each classroom the SIGHT WORDS before she started the story. Sight words are those that we learn just by looking at them, not sounding them out or anything. It is actually very cool. We learn a lot of our words as sight words. You would be surprised how many sight words the kindergarden kids new, almost all of them. And I am pretty sure few knew my name, but they learned it immediately. It was amazing. Anyway, after that she taught each class, the refrain for my song. It warmed my heart that the kids were singing "Yoo Hoo Dharma Doxie" and so forth. Once they read the story, Mama and Papa showed each class my little You Tube Video: Dharma the Bee. Everyone loved it. We finished up with giving each student a Dahrma Hugs sticker and showed each student how to give those hugs. IT WAS FUN. Well, it was for them. Me, I got to hear the stories after, is after all, okay for a dog's life. But the best stuff is yet to come. The next day was Gala Day. Its like a big birthday party for the town. We have a parade and and picnic and music and all kinds of fun and free activities for the familites in town. Guess what?
I GOT TO GO!!! I mean, can you believe that?
We went to the picnic. Auntie Michele Rheburg came and helped the old folks set up and I got to go.
My tail wagged THE ENTIRE TIME!! And of course EVERYONE got kisses.
I was on CLOUD NINE, if you know what I mean.
I was so happy. Auntie Kim and cousin Natalie came by (see the picture) and and we all had a wonderful time. Actually, I think I could be a model or something, EVERY ONE LOVED ME!!.
The kids from the classes we read to came by and said hello,
IT WAS SUCH FUN!! I told the folks, lets do this again.
Anyways, some kids came back to see me over and over and over. Other kids, who sang my song came by because Mama and Papa gave them a free recording that they made of the song. And then, they took that recording to the sound stage at the picnic, and the people there played my song and the kids danced and sang along. This day was about me, and I LOVED IT!!. I am such a ham, and I know this. I have been called the most "lickiest, tail wagging dog" there is. Just ask anyone who knows me, they will tell you, this is true. You can see even in this picture of me and the folks, my tongue is getting ready to say hello. And so, my little soul is happy now. My first book was sold at the Gala to a young girl with a, can you believe it, a DOXIE!! I mean, doesn't that seem providential. So it is good by for another week.
DHARMA Hugs and So Long!
Chell Sommese is a retired teacher.