We were practicing the song God Bless America. We sing it as a tribute to Irving Berlin who was a veteran of WWI. During the song, I noticed one of my students crying. At first I ignored it because this particular student sometimes cries over where they stand in line. After another verse of the song the tears were flowing pretty heavily down the cheeks so I figured I better check it out.
I walked over to him and put my hand on his shoulder and asked what was wrong. With tears flowing down his cheeks like a river, he replied,
"This song just makes my heart fill good... I'm just so proud to be American."
Needless to say I became an instant mess. We cried for the next 3 songs. It is moments like these that make every second of work on a program like this worth it. I am honored to be in the classroom passing on the great honor and heritage of our country. God Bless America!