Bohemian Rhapsody

One of the perceived downsides of sending your kids to private school is the transportation issue.  It was the only thing that I dreaded when we made the decision to send the kids to St. Stanislaus.  We lived 10 miles away so that meant a 40 miles each and every day.  This "chore" turned out to be one of my greatest blessings and one of the things I miss the most about not having the kids in school anymore. That 30-minute trip (each way) back and forth to school was uninterrupted family time.  We didn't have to contend with staring at cell phones (for most of those years) and we had some of our deepest and most thought-provoking conversations during those trip.

We also sang.  A lot.

My kids know the words to (almost) every Beach Boys and Beatles songs ever written.  They also spent a lot of time with the entire album from "Phantom of the Opera."  I played this for weeks preceding our trip to San Francisco to see the production.  I wanted them to be able to participate and understand the story.  They did.  And we sang each and every line along with the cast.

But the most significant song we ever shared was Bohemian Rhapsody.  I played this over and over again and we would sing it all together, or even in divided parts (switching around from time to time.)  It has become the unofficial Rocha family anthem.  One of my favorite memories was a story Steel brought home from school when he was in 2nd or 3rd grade.  The class had a visit from a priest and he played the song and asked the kids if anyone could name the song.  Steel was the only student who knew the title.  (He not only knew the title, but knew every word too.)

I have never been more proud of him.

This is what our trips looked like:


As we approach Sierra's wedding, I just want to state that a recreation of those trip to school WILL happen.  (Even if I have to hook up my iPhone to the speakers.)  We WILL play this song and sing it at the top of our lungs.

NOTE: Leroy was not with us on those trips back and forth to school.  That was my job (privilege) at the time.  He is not the music fan that the kids and I are, but he does tolerate our antics.  He'll dance with us, but I doubt he'll know the words.

So Sierra and Steel - Better get to practicing.  Here are some more great videos to watch to brush up on your skills.  I don't want to be disappointed.