Every weekday I drive my children to school for several reasons. Most importantly, I have their full attention for the few minutes it takes to make the drive. We talk about the upcoming day, “Do you have tests?”, “Good Luck”, “Are you staying after school?”, “What time?”, “Is that kid still bothering you?”, “Are you bothering him?”, “Ignore them”, “Listen to your teachers”, “to make good friends be a good friend”, etc. I get to coach them, we set intentions and they listen.
Sometimes we sing and talk. They each get to pick one song and music gets us in a good mindset to start the day, especially if it’s one of our favorites.
Recently, we have been listening to the original soundtrack of Man of La Mancha with Richard Kiley and we are strangely addicted to the music, lyrics and synergy. It is as if we all take on the day as Don Quixote and Sancho. We sing with gusto and animated gestures through our favorite tracks. It juices us and we are pumped, getting us through the lags of the days with purpose and pride. My daughter usually asks me if I am crying yet when the “Impossible Dream” comes on. I always am indignant and say “No!” until I start crying and high five her. She smiles. This is the best morning booster, anytime really, and I love that I am teaching my children that even if it seems foolish, do the right thing, even if people make fun of you for it. Be kind and “right all wrongs”. My favorite lines “My destiny calls and I go, and the wild winds of fortune will carry me onward, whithersoever they blow,..onward to glory I go!” Whithersoever indeed!