we stopped to listen to an ensemble of young girls
playing lovely music at the weekend farmer’s market.
their teacher said they were in the 8th grade
where everyone is asked
to contribute something to the community.
these girls chose to offer what they had to give –
their natural gift of music.
they had to organize the day
by asking permission to play somewhere
planning what to wear
being on time
remembering their music and instruments.
all of the money they earned
went to a local charity.
it was a beautiful lesson.
“music is the movement of sound
to reach the soul for the education of its virtue.”