". . . little shall I grace my cause

In speaking for myself. Yet, by your gracious patience,

I will a round unvarnish'd tale deliver . . ."

(William Shakespeare's Othello, I.iii.88-90)

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Be Careful What You Dream

Last week at a rehearsal of our parish children's choir, our associate cantor (filling in for my husband) was working with the children on singing vowels. At one point she instructed them to pretend to pick an apple off a tree, the plan being (I think) to have them "bite" their apples, resulting in wide, open mouths and lifted soft palates. But no sooner had everyone started reaching up arms to pick "fruit" from their "trees" than one conscientious young lady raised her hand and observed, "You're not supposed to do that. Picking apples is against the law. So is picking leaves."

Sigh. Having taken over the real world, political correctness has now moved on to our imaginations.

1 comment:

Phillip said...


Glad I read this. Now I'll know to set it up with: "Hey, kids! Imagine you have a farm with lots of trees that are your own. Delicious fruit trees! Or maybe you have your OWN apple tree like Cantor does. And so you can pick all the fruit you want! That's right - it's yours so it's not against the law! Yummy, legal, fruit that's all YOURS. All you have to do is PICK IT. Doesn't that sound great...."