Do you ever have trouble memorizing something? Here's how my friend Marianne did it.
In 5th grade I had to recite a long
poem from our poetry book in front of the class. I knew the poem and
loved it, but I just couldn't recite it. I was a musician, though, and I
set the words to music, to a popular tune, and memorized it that way,
as a song.
When Sister Clement called me up to the front of the class, I
went up proudly, ready to go. Unfortunately, I kept hearing the tune
and tapping my foot, Sister looked at me strangely, and asked,
"Marianne, what is the matter?"
"Do you know your
"Yes, Sister, I do."
"Well, why aren't you reciting it?"
Sister, it is a long poem, and I had trouble with it, so I made a song
out of it and now I can't say it, only sing it."
The boys started
making faces and jokes. Because I had no self-control in that area I
started laughing at their faces. Sister Clement got out her clicker and
had the class in order quickly.
"Marianne, you may begin singing when you
have their attention."
This time, the boys looked horrified, and
everyone just stared, hoping they wouldn't be called next. I remembered
my jaunty tune, started clapping my hands and tapping my foot to the
beat. I sang my poem. Sister looked at me in amazement.
"Marianne, that was
a lot of work. Can you do that again?"
"Yes, I can!"
Sister, I can!"
The boys wanted me to sing it again. I sang, and the
boys clapped to the beat. I still remember the first 8 lines of that
poem and the tune. I can sing it any time!