“You sound like a dragon with a cough.” –3rd grader, in response to my singing along with her playing

“You’re a little bit dizzy today, Mr. Light.” “Just today?” “Well, today more than usual.” –7th grader

“What’s different?” I asked, demonstrating a drop-lift motion. “Your hand looks old and wrinkly?” –5th grader

“Do you consider yourself an old man yet?” –6th grader

“We’re singing our Christmas concert from memory.” –4th grader, ever so gently dissing the choral concert I played for Sunday

“That drawer is MESSY!” –1st grader, observing my desk