When I was a kid our school used to have assemblies and we would sing all kinds of patriotic songs. I imagine this is common across America, or at least was for my generation.
What we didn’t have was a school song. So, my mom wrote one. Thankfully the school had the same mascot as her college did. It’s been at least 30 years, but as of my last inquiry the kids at Crafton Elementary still sing this song. In this post, I share the lyrics and the story behind them.
We are the Crafton Cougars,
We love Crafton School.
We’re the tops, we’re number 1,
Going to Crafton School is fun.
Cougars are loyal students,
We do our very best
We study hard and follow the rules
We’re the Cougars of Crafton School
Rah! Rah! Rah!
Hi there. Nobody asked me to do it. Over a few days the words were just coming into my head, and I’d rattle them around and rearrange them and finally thought it might make a nice school song. When I was in elementary school we’d had one, so it seemed like a reasonable thing. At the elementary level I thought of it more as a school spirit song, than a fight song. The PTA president was in our [congregation] so I ran the idea past her, and she thought it was nice but said she didn’t have any say in something like that. So When I had the words all written down I went and talked to the principal to see if he thought it was an OK idea, and then I got linked up with Mrs Billings to do the music, and we sat at the piano in her room one afternoon so she could create it (I knew how I wanted it to sound, but she firmed up the tune and the notes.) And then we got to teach it to everyone. That was a real fun project.
There’s two great reasons for celebrating today. You’re going to need a little background for me to tell you why it’s so great first. My mother and father have both gone through several computers. My dad has always loved gadgets. He also loves to read about them. One concern you can’t help but reading about when you read about computers is their security. Dad’s a bit concerned about loosing the hours of work he’s put into the family history files he’s created.
So for all of these years my parents have used the internet very little at home. I’ve been trying politely to change that.
Mom got a new computer. I got my opportunity. Last night, with only a little hesitation, I talked her through downloading skype. I’ve known for a while how simple the program was to install and use. Within 7 minutes we were webcamming each other for the first time.
Then the kids saw grandma online. Rainey climbed up onto the couch. Eliza and Daniel started talking. Pretty soon grandma had to sort through conflicting streams of conversation. I’m sure it was probably wonderfully overwhelming!
It could have been the fact that I had been up since 3 in the morning, but I felt a great weight lifted off my shoulders. I was able to let out a big sigh. Finally we can use all this technology to keep our family a bit closer together. For years we have been talking with Chrissy’s parents via webcam. As parents we’ve watched our kids develop a close (although long distance) relationship with one set of grandparents. Naturally I’ve wanted to balance the scales.
Daniel can show grandma how he’s learning to draw letters.
Eliza can show off her homework.
Rainey blows kisses at the screen all day long–if you’ll let him.
You can do the research yourself but I’ll tell you quickly why I use skype:
- Low footprint: not a whole lot of hard disk space and you can ‘call’ over dialup
- Security: each conversation/chat is 256bit encrypted
- Cross platform: I’ve got computers running Linux, Windows, and OS X. Skype works on all of them
- Add free: Unlike MSN and Yahoo Messenger which are outlets for large corporations to display their advertising, skype doesn’t do that.
Thanks for skyping mom! I’m hoping we can make a habit of having meals together.