free to be you and me

Last night my son was in the school play.  They did Free to Be You and Me. I know the album by heart.  At the end, four fourth grade boys rapped the poem pasted below.  I’d never heard it before.

NO ONE ELSE
BY: ELAINE LARON
People can tell you how to multiply by three
And someone else can tell you how to spell Schenectady
And someone else can tell you how to ride a two-wheeled bike
But no one else, no, no one else can tell you what to like
An engineer can tell you how to run a railroad train
A map can tell you where to find the capital of Spain
A book can tell you all the names of every stars above
But no one else, no, no one else can tell you who to love
Your aunt Louise can tell you how to plant a pumpkin seed
Your cousin Frank can tell you how to catch a centipede
Your mom and dad can tell you how to brush between each meal
But no one else, no, no one else can tell you how to feel
For how you feel is how you feel
And all the whole world through
No one else, no, no one else
Knows that as well as you!

That line – “But no one else, no, no one else can tell you who to love” – really touched me.

It made me think of this video. Love it.

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