“Time for music!” announced the teacher, gesturing toward the bookshelves, where she had laid out all the cheap plastic instruments in a row on the bookshelf.
Before she could tell us to line up, we children scrambled to the side of the classroom. The boys trampled one another to see who could get to the drums first. The girls’ tastes were more varied, some choosing xylophones, some flutes, some triangles. Instruments in hand, we created a cacophony of sound on the way back to our desks, until the teacher called for attention over the din of our uncontrolled abandon.