About Me:

Aloha! I'm Wendy Kennar. I'm the mother of a seven-year-old son and a wife living in Los Angeles. I was a public school teacher for twelve years until a chronic medical condition made it necessary to leave my teaching career.

I've always been described as "quiet" - really, I'm just biting my tongue. I've got lots to say, and lots of thoughts to share, I just prefer to write them. That's the purpose of this blog. Each Wednesday, I post a personal essay offering my observations and thoughts.

A few fun facts about me: I've wanted to be a writer since second grade, when my teacher, Mrs. Jones, made me a "book" with a yellow construction paper cover. I have never learned to whistle, have always preferred sunflowers to roses, and have spent my life living within the same zip code.

Through the years, my writing has been published in the Los Angeles Times, Christian Science Monitor, United Teacher, GreenPrints, L.A. Parent, DivineCaroline.com, RoleReboot.org, XOJane, and Brain, Child Magazine. Additionally, my personal essays have been included in several anthologies, including: The Barefoot Review, Beyond the Diaper Bag, Lessons From My Parents, Write for Light, Being a Grown-Up: A User's Manual for the Real World, Ka-Pow!, How Writing Can Get You Through Tough Times, Breath and Shadow, The Grey Wolfe Storybook, and Sisters Born, Sisters Found.
I am a regular contributor at MomsLA.com, and you can also find me at Goodreads.

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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

A Timeless Tune

   We’ve heard it before - music is timeless.  Music unites people and crosses all boundaries.  I knew it was true, but now I can see that it’s true.  I see it with my three-year-old son and my sixty-six year old dad.

   My son and my dad bond in “Grandpa’s room” - my dad’s home office.  They play different computer games, watch different videos, and one of their favorites is a rendition of “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay.”  An organization named “Playing for Change” traveled around the world, recording street musicians performing this song.  The clips are edited into one version, providing my son with international exposure - an Indian sitar, a Louisiana washboard, a Santa Monica keyboard.  My dad knows the song - it was popular when he was a young man.  I know the song because of Tom Cruise and Top Gun.  Now, my son knows the song as well.

   I know other parents who firmly believe young children should only listen to classical music.  Music that is hundreds of years old.  Music that is faceless.  My son knows that music because of his “Baby Einstein” videos.  My son also knows Ottis Redding, Michael Jackson (“Billie Jean”), Neil Diamond (“Forever in Blue Jeans”), and Elvis Presley (“Can’t Help Falling in Love”) - to name a few.

   I firmly believe that my son should know that music sounds different.  Different instruments, different melodies, different styles all combine to create different sounds.  And my son should know that all people can enjoy music, can sing along and be happy with music, can express themselves with music.  

   My son is growing up seeing and hearing the world singing the same songs he is.  To borrow from another song, music proves that “It’s a small world after all.”


  1. I love that Ryan and grandpa bond with the music and I love when Ryan hears Neil Diamond and says"that is grandma's boyfriend".I still love listening to all the "oldies"from when I was in school.Music can change your mood in so many ways,and I know for myself different songs bring back so many memories both good and bad.I look forward to reading your blog each week.You are so talented with your writing.I love you and I am so proud of you.Ryan is a special little boy and so lucky to haave you for his mommy.Both grandpa and I love him so.

  2. Music does unite people. Ryan likes to listen to music and I love when he sings along. I enjoy the time I share with him. I don't know anyone who desn't enjoy music. Your Mother & I are proud of you. We love Ryan and you very much.

    Love, Dad

  3. Honey,
    I love listening to music from the minute I wake up to the time I go to bed!
    I am so happy that our son has such a great love for different types of music.
    We are very blessed to have such an amazing son!

    I Love You!