Over the last couple of weeks I have been sharing The Legacy of Milly parts 1 to 4 by Jennie Fitzkee and today is part 5… This is a wonderful story of children’s passion and enthusiasm for a centuries old craft and the lovely Milly who takes their visions and recreates in a quilt. Warm the cockles of your heart… and read on
In Part 4 the Peace Quilt became part of the permanent collection at the National Liberty Museum in Philadelphia, and Milly became an important part of my classroom. Children adored her. She loved singing, and Milly’s favorite song was our favorite song, too – “God Bless America.”
“Jennie, can we sing again? Can we sing “God Bless America?” This was what I heard from children, every day. I sing many songs with children, all kinds of songs. So, why was this particular song the favorite? I don’t know. But, what I do know is to pay attention to children and what they gravitate towards. My lesson plans might be terrific, but I know intuitively that what children are drawn to is far more important. I paid attention. And it grew. When children were in the playground they started singing on their own for other children. They sang all the time for Milly. She joined in, and she loved it!
I had to do more, because the children wanted, needed, more. Veterans Day arrived and we invited soldiers into the classroom to say Thank You, and of course to sing.
Milly spent time at school making a red, white, and blue outfit for Gloria- at the request of children.