Happy Earth Day Everyone! I'm taking the morning off from work today so that I can go to Jackson, my kindergartner's, Earth Day Parade. The entire Elementary School will be marching through the streets of our small Colorado Town singing their Earth Day song in unison. The song that Jackson has been practicing for the last two weeks. The song that I can only get out of my head when the kids decide to watch Frozen for the millionth time and I am lucky enough to replace Earth Day song with the horrific melody of "Let it Go." Why, oh why Disney have you done this to parents across the world???
But back to the Earth Day song. One day Jackson came home and just started belting out this catchy tune:
"We've got the power. We are the future. We are the agents, agents of change. We know the problems. We've got solutions. We are the agents, agents of change."
As I was listening to the lyrics I felt a bit of pride. Here is my 5 year old son letting the world know that he has solutions to our problems! He is going to make a change! He is our FUTURE!!!! If I'd only known then that I was going to have to spend my morning standing on the side of the street listening to 500 kids sing those words I might not have been so excited, but at the time my son's brilliance was sure to save the planet.
What surprised me the most about this now hated song that never leaves my head except when Frozen is on, was the stark difference in the message my son is learning in kindergarten vs. the messages that were engraved in my kindergarten mind. Messages like: GRADUATE! I feel like not dropping out of school and getting your high school diploma was the most important thing in the entire world when I was 5, when I was 7, when I was 12, and even more urgently in my teen years. My teachers weren't telling us we could change the world, they weren't even suggesting we consider college yet! The high school drop out rate in the area I grew up in was so high that they literally just wanted to make sure we stuck around long enough to get a diploma in our hands.
I'm not even sure if Jackson knows what a high school diploma is. But I do know that he has solutions! Solutions for change!!! And I'd say that motivation is a lot more likely to lead him to GRADUATE from high school, GRADUATE from college, and who knows, maybe just save the world!