New Year’s Eve, 1999, was a joyous occasion. I was playing a children’s concert in Columbia, MO for the annual First Night Celebration--welcoming the new millennium with peppy songs, banjo and penny whistle tunes.
This particular venue was in the lobby of one of the government buildings, and the crowd was a mix of adults and children. I was wearing black velvet slacks and a glittery sweater set. (Minus the long-johns. It was about 5 degrees outside.) It was a fun, festive evening.
After singing about Magic Boxes, Peanut Butter and Jelly (my version), and how each of us is special, I ended the concert the way I always did: with a poem called “What You Read.” I considered it “positive programming” of young minds. (And librarians liked it!)
What you read
Plants a seed
In your imagination
Where wonderful things can grow
Take some time to look
For a very special book
And add a little more to what you know
What you find inside may surprise you
Every page holds a secret or two
That you can plant in your garden
And let your imagination bloom
--by Cindy Angell Keeling
Here’s to cultivating our imaginations—through reading, writing, and opening ourselves to the creative flow. Thanks for stopping by!