When Can I Clap?

Cartoon of an excited, clapping boy. Another boy whispers to hi, "Psst! Tyler! This song isn't clappable!"

Every year, in the spring, I notice it. The kids that used to be so enthusiastic in their singing start to stand or sit in stone silence. Fourth and fifth-grade boys are the hardest. They start to be very aware of others and have no desire to do anything “uncool.”

I have to admit I was that kid. The last thing I wanted to do was get noticed. Embarrassment was my greatest fear. Now that I’m older, I realize that was silly. So what if I clap off beat? What does it matter if I sing off-key? If I am having fun, what does it matter if I look like a fool?

After all, I’ve never seen a person trying to look cool that also looked like they were having fun. “Cool” seems to mean looking bored and apathetic. Forget it! Have fun! clap a little! sing a lot! Enjoy life. Let the cool people have their boredom.

I drew this cartoon for Kidzmatter Magazine.

Author: Kevin Spear

I am a marketing professional with a design flair, based in Clayton, Ohio. I specialize in digital and content marketing that increases brand awareness for small businesses and nonprofits.

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