Military Families: Lessons from Children

We’ve all experienced it. You hear a song that immediately transports you back to another time in your life. 

This morning, as I was cleaning my kitchen and listening to music, I heard one of those songs. It began with a simple melody. I immediately thought, “No. It can’t be.” Yet I could feel a smile spreading across my face in the mere anticipation of hearing that song. And then I heard the words.

Sing
Sing a song
Sing out loud
Sing out strong
Sing of good things, not bad
Sing of happy, not sad

Sing
Sing a song
Make it simple
To last your whole life long
Don’t worry that it’s not good enough
For anyone else to hear
Sing
Sing a song

Yes, I did. I sang. I sang out loud and I sang out strong. I had goose bumps up and down my body. I was filled with joy and immediately transported back to my childhood… sitting in front of the TV, watching Sesame Street, and singing out loud and proud. I didn’t care how I sounded back then. I sang for the joy of singing. Do you remember that? When you would do something just because it felt good?

I especially love the line, “Don’t worry that it’s not good enough, for anyone else to hear…. (just) sing, sing a song”. I took those lines to heart this morning. At Professor Child, we’re about to launch our third film, “Children of Military Families”. As with all Professor Child productions, we’ve kept it simple and allowed children to share their stories of what it’s like to be in a military family. The children interviewed sang out loud and sang out strong. As always, I was impressed with their honesty and ability to say it like it is. They sang of good things and bad, which means they shared what makes them proud and of the unique challenges they face.

I learned a lot from these children. I have received an education about military family life that is enlightening and inspiring. At Professor Child, we are excited to share “Children of Military Families” with all of you. We hope it inspires military families and civilians everywhere to sing out loud and proud. So remember…

Sing
Sing a song
Make it simple
To last your whole life long
Don’t worry that it’s not good enough
For anyone else to hear
Sing
Sing a song

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