Music Project

We had just bought our hifi (stereo) and to christen the hifi we bought two CD’s the first ever. One CD was – Gheorghe Zamfir pan flute music, I won’t mention the other one cause you’ll just laugh at our choice of music!

When I fell pregnant I knew that playing classical music was important for the baby but I didn’t have a huge collection to choose from at that time.  So pan flutes was a regular…I used to come home after work and lie on the floor in the lounge with the headphones on my tummy and I played pan flute music for the boys. I did this every day during both pregnancies. This song was one of my favorites from this CD.

The other day I told my boys I was working on a project, and asked them to answer these questions based on this piece of music. Just out of curiosity.

These are their replies –

Does this music mean anything to you?
No  ♦  Not really
Does it calm or irritate you?
Calm  ♦  It’s calming
Do you like it?
Yes  ♦  I could study to this music
Is it familiar?
Yes  ♦  I think I’ve heard it before

They were at nursery school age when I found Beethoven and Mozart for babies, this would play in the background in their bedroom when they played and I’m quite sure that this helped in creating little geniuses.  I’m happy with my music experiment results and the answers I got from them. They both actually like classical music and have developed their own taste in music, it varies but they always play classical when they are studying or want to calm down and go to sleep. Effects of music just fascinate me because I listen to very different things at different times, it helps me cope and live ♥


My Grandpa

Me and Grandad (July 1989)

Me and Grandad (July 1989)

Last week I received a book from my secret friend (a devotional). And true to myself, never starting a book from the front, I always like to check the back first and make my way to the front, slowly by stopping in the middle…that is normal for me and a magazine. Now with the devotional in hand I went straight from the back to my birthday date. May 31. Just like when I have a new calendar the first month I look at is May, and I always get so excited when I discover that it’s the prettiest picture of the whole calendar 😀

The title on my day is “My Grandpa” and it has such a cute story about a young girl sitting on grandpa’s leg while he taught her to read.

Made me smile and brought back a million memories of a wonderful vegetable garden, orchards with a huge variety of fruit trees, fixing shoes and belts and anything leather, woodwork, the pencil in his ear, his white worn out shirts with rolled up sleeves, that smile and typical family Ferrao nose, his blue eyes. The way he liked his soup, the way he liked bread! The hands that built a house! The way he sat next to the radio listening to the news.

And most of all how when we were small and sometimes teased and annoyed our great-grandmother he would ‘punish’ us by tying our big toe to the leg of the chair with a piece of cotton!! I had that punishment a few times.

That was My Grandpa and the special person that was shared amongst 18 grandchildren.

Feelings of saudade flood my heart, nostalgia and longing for something that was so beautiful and strong – the love of a grandfather.

This is the bible verse for the devotional that brought back this memory ♥

“Children’s children are a crown to the aged, and parents are the pride of their children.”  Proverbs 17:6

The day you were born

Nineteen ninety-four (1994) was a busy year in South African politics.

In March South Africa was readmitted to the Olympic games by the International Olympic Committee

In April (26 to 29) the first democratic elections take place and the ANC wins In April, SA adopts its new multi-coloured flag as its national flag

In May, Nelson Mandela is sworn in as the first post-apartheid President of South Africa and FW de Klerk and Thabo Mbeki become joint deputy presidents

In December the ANC hold their 49th National Conference in Bloemfontein

It was in 1994 that The Lion King was released one of your favourite movies when you were small

And the cricket captain that year was still Hansie Cronje

The famous boxer Manny Pacquiao that you like so much was born on this day too – 17 December

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Two weeks old

Streets of Philadelphia – Bryan Adams, Rod Stewart & Sting – All For Love, Mariah Carey – Without You were the songs of the year. But when we drove home with you on 22 December it was Julio Iglesias CD that was playing on our car radio – Song of Joy – it has a beautiful Christmassy sound to it. I remember it like it was yesterday.

We were home in time for Christmas with a small little angel in my arms, it was love at first sight, you were a soft gentle little baby. No fuss ever and the best feeling in the world was when you’d fall asleep in my arms. We took long naps like that me and you.

I could hear you breathe and feel that little heart beat and feel your breath on my face. Look at you now, standing in front of me, you are so grown up!

Where is the baby boy of the family? Where have you gone? Those nights you would sleep in the middle with your little hand on my breast, the tiny footsteps running to our room in the middle of the night where has it all gone?

All I wish for and pray for is that you are happy and healthy. Please take care of my heart your holding it so carelessly in your beautiful long hands. The day you were born my heart was gone forever…..Hold it nicely my son and keep it in a safe place, it’s your forever.

♥ Happy 18th birthday to my grogeous baby boy, I love you with all my heart ♥

Good Teachers

"It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge"  - Albert Einstein

“It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge” – Albert Einstein

Yesterday I went to say ‘good bye’ to one of Tigs teachers. I will probably go to school one more time when the final results are out and then never again. What a bitter-sweet moment.

I have been driving the boys to school for the last six years, fighting traffic, listening to their school stories, listening to the morning show on the radio and laughing together at some of Wackhead’s pranks. Watching them through the rear view mirror sleeping in the back seat or catching last-minute studies for the test of the day.

Lots of homework and tests, and exam timetables and endless hours putting projects together. Many reports, parent evenings, angry and frustrated emails or meetings with some of the teachers. Sports days, missing clothes and some lost books, a school concert and award evenings. Good reports and proud moments.

It feels good to reach the end of the teacher-parent relationship. School is finally over!

Teachers shape the young minds of our children and they make a difference in our children’s lives, they can change their personality and affect them in ways we will never know. For that reason it is important to know that when we leave them at the front gate, we are leaving them in the hands of good teachers. Sometimes *sigh* we want to punch the teachers, and I must tell you some of them deserve to be put away for good after a damn good hiding, but there are some exceptions. Some really special and amazing teachers.

After all these years it is time to say ‘good-bye’ and ‘thank you’ to some of the special people who taught my boys these last six years of high school. I only visited with one teacher though….this is dedicated to him

To the teachers at Jeppe Boys High – THANK YOU

For understanding – being a ‘great teacher’ is a continuous effort even when the kids drove you insane you always persisted

For your willingness to change – when we expect kids to change, grow and give their best…this happens only by their interaction with you and your willingness

For your work ethic – you never did quit, you gave it your best and because of that they tried to please you

For your hard work – we know it’s not easy being teacher, it’s not easy being a student either but your honest hard work was instilled in my boys

For your willingness to reflect – taking the good with the bad and not giving up on them

For your survival tactics – a healthy sense of humour and sense-of-self helped you get through those tough days

For your humility – it was not always about you, it was about the kids and you allowed the boys to teach you something along the years

For your passion for teaching – I know the pay isn’t always that good, you have to be passionate to stay in the school

For loving the kids – our kids can be trying at the best of times, I know I live with them imagine 30 of them in one class all day long  

For the love of your subject – you love it and they learnt to love it too

For understanding the role you play in a child’s life – role model, mentor, teacher and educator

Their success one day will be your blessing, I will always be grateful to you, the constant encouragement, support and guidance. For allowing them to dream and soar.

Thank you 😀

A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops. – Henry Brooks Adams

I Love it

Your last year of school and very soon you will be all grown up and I’ll have to let you go…. I’m going to miss many things, but this comes to mind as the best and right at the top of my list of Things I Love ♥

♥  I love it when you sometimes still ask me to lie with you a bit

♥  I love it when you put your head on my lap and I get to play with your hair or scratch your back

♥  I love it when I drive you to school I and I get to hold your hand for a while

I wish I could keep you forever at my side, my baby, my angel … you will definitely be in my heart ♥ for ever and ever.

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