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About last Saturday, ear piercing and Xmas concert

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I forgot my key this morning. As usually we went out of the house together and Joop dropped Sky and I off nearby the school, on the way to his work. After making sure Sky was in her classroom I went home by train, and just in front of the gate of our house I realized I did not have my key with me.

So here I am, sipping a cup of ‘cafe con leche‘ at a cafe at the commercial centre, about 20 minutes walking from our home. Waiting for Joop to ride home during his lunch break to lend me his key. Writing a blog post to kill the time, about our weekend. Because last Saturday was one exciting day for Sky.

She had her ears pierced!!!

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She was never as sure as now. In the Netherlands she was one of the last girls in the class without earrings. One by one her girlfriends got theirs, but Sky wasn’t really eager to get one. Interested in, yes, but it’s not before we’re in Spain that she mentioned her will to get pierced. We waited till the approaching Christmas holiday. Because she won’t be allowed to swim for 3-4 weeks. Next week she will have to miss one swimming lesson at school, then followed by 2 weeks holiday. So in the new year everything will be just healed and well.

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Actually it goes really well already. She has got almost no pain. We could clean the ears, drip a bit of alcohol and turn the earrings around without any significant problems. And her excitement…it’s so amazing to see. How happy and proud she is. Beaming and glowing like a grown-up girl. And she is! Those small shiny things in her ears make her suddenly looks more mature…. Oh my mother’s heart…. ❤️

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Where in the Netherlands it’s usually the jewellery stores that do ears piercing, in Spain you will have to go to a Farmacia (a pharmacy/drugstore). We went to a big Farmacia nearby our house on Friday, but were asked to come back on Saturday morning, because the lady specialized in piercing children’s ears will be available by then. So we did, and we were very satisfied with the unbelievably proffesional and super friendly service.

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Sky was asked to choose which earrings she liked most; pink flowers it is. The lady drew two black dots on her earlobes and before we knew it she already punched one ear. One minute later the other one. So quick, and almost painless (according to Sky)! Mission completed and another milestone achieved!

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But the Saturday was not over yet. While Sky was still hyper-enthousiast about her new look, at 4 she had to be at school, wearing her full uniforms. For the grand rehearsal of the yearly Christmas concert! At 6 we, the parents and other guests, were welcomed at the school’s Auditorium. After some instrumental performances by senior students and music teachers, all the first grade students (well, not all, about two third of all students because participation is not obligatory), wearing Santa hats (so cute!) came onto the stage and performed the Christmas songs. 2 English songs, 2 in Spanish and 2 in Catalan. It was so entertaining. We had such a fun and memorable night.

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Watching her singing those songs, in 3 languages she barely knew 4 months ago… I was so moved. This whole adventure, we can’t be sure of anything. But one thing I’m sure of: it will bring many more beautiful moments like this in our path. 🙂

her first piano exam and a concert!

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blog4Les piano pertama Sky adalah bulan Mei tahun lalu, dan di penghujung tahun dia menyelesaikan modul pertama yang namanya ‘les anak-anak’ (sekarang dia mengikuti modul les biasa/normal). Untuk menutup ‘les anak-anak’ itu dia berhak mengikuti ujian dan mendapat penilaian. Kalau les biasa aku selalu menemaninya di dalam ruang les, tapi saat ujian kemarin aku harus menunggu di gang. Tapi anaknya ternyata percaya diri. Waktu dijemput gurunya dia langsung masuk ke ruang ujian sendiri, mengapit map lagu pianonya di bawah lengan, hehe… Ada satu penguji asing, dan bersama guru pianonya mereka memberi penilaian, semacam raport. Untung aku boleh masuk ke ruangan untuk ikut mendengarkan. Nilai tertinggi, 9, tercantum di ketiga komponen penilaian: musikalitas, teknik/skill, dan daya usaha/effort. Plus kata-kata pujian dari kedua penguji. Anaknya senang dan bangga luar biasa…dan orang tuanya juga!!!

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Beberapa hari sesudah ujian, dia berpartisipasi dalam sebuah konser piano, untuk pertama kalinya bermain di depan publik. Bersama dengan 6 murid lain, mereka memberi konser di sebuah panti jompo. Ide yang sangat bagus, siang itu semua terlihat menikmati; baik dari kontak sosial dan perhatian yang diberikan, maupun dari variasi lagu-lagu yang dimainkan. Hari yang tidak akan terlupakan dan semoga bisa segera diulang lagi!

Video konsernya ada di bagian paling bawah ya.

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Haar eerste pianoles was in mei vorig jaar. Ze heeft inmiddels de zogenaamde ‘kindercursus’ afgerond (en gaat nu verder met de ‘normale les’) en mocht de cursus afsluiten door een tentamen te volgen en een rapport te krijgen. Tijdens de gewone les mag ik altijd aanwezig zijn, echter bij het tentamen niet, ik moest in de gang blijven wachten. Maar Sky vond het helemaal niet erg. Ze ging vol zelfvertrouwen zelf naar binnen toen de juf haar ophaalde, haar pianomap onder haar arm geklemd. Er was nog een andere pianoleraar bij en na afloop kreeg Sky een rapport (waar ik gelukkig weer bij mocht zijn). Een rapport waar op alle drie de onderdelen (muzikaliteit, vaardigheid en inzet) een 9 was gescoord, het hoogste cijfer. En een heleboel lovende woorden van beide examinatoren. Een super blij en trots kind…en ouders!!!

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Een paar dagen na het tentamen heeft ze haar eerste piano concert gegeven. Samen met 6 andere leerlingen, gaven ze een optreden in een verzorgingshuis. Een prachtig idee, een middag waar iedereen zichtbaar genoot; van de aandacht en van het gevarieerde programma. Om nooit te vergeten en zeker voor herhaling vatbaar!

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