Wiper Beat

Most days I feel like I’m living in a musical. The kids spontaneously break into song or dance at random moments, and I’m usually happy for their creativity (except when I’m trying to take a  business call). Well, thanks to the influence of beatboxing on the PBS show The Electric Company, and random clips and songs the kids have seen from composer Sxip Shirey, they are often inspired to grab household objects and try coax (i.e. beat) sounds out of them, accompanied by some sort of attempt at beatboxing or singing.

Driving home from school today, the kids were inspired by the windshield wipers in the rain and did the following little number.

They call their composition, Wiper Beat.

A wind has blown the rain away

After dropping off the kids at school, I had a lovely morning, full of quiet and rain. I was able to make coffee, listen to the rain, catch up with email, work on updating the website, and experiment with wordpress to export this blog to live journal (we’ll see how it goes). Good morning.

This week, I’ve had the odd experience of running into several old friends from high school that I haven’t seen in more than 15 years.  It’s interesting trying to sum up your life in a few minutes: What have you been doing? Where do you live? What do you presentely do?

Given only a few minutes, what do I choose to divulge? How do I present myself: mother, wife, writer, editor, organizer, etc.

In the age of blogs, facebook, and twitter, many of my friends (and strangers) know a bit about my life (depending on what I have chosen to disclose on any given day).  A few times when I’ve been at dinner with friends, I have told a story and before I’m through, I learn that the other party has already read about that particular event or anecdote online. Curious, curious times that we live in.

And speaking of time, I have to pick up my youngest from preschool. Alas the rain has stopped. I had hoped for more.