Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Fete de l'Ecole

I started my Fete de la Musique day getting on the metro to do some errands. On the way, a musician joined our car and played an instrument... okay I just described what I saw on google and this is the instrument... a santoor. A pretty exotic way to start the day.

I had to rush around in the morning because yesterday was the Fete de l'Ecole for us... the end of year school party. Our party was held at the Lido again, which is located on the Champs Elysees. Here was the view yesterday as I made my way toward the Lido.

I heard a lot of music yesterday. My daughter, after weeks of fears about "the day," got on stage and had a great time. She showed no fear. Each child has a song to sing for their regular French class and their English class. My daughter had two English songs -- Yellow Submarine and One Big Family -- and she sang proudly through the numbers. She was dressed in this beautiful red Spanish dress and her hair up in a bun with red flowers. She had this flamenco dance with a boy (who she really likes) from her class and I do believe she took the lead! She really was adorable.

My son's class arrives at the Lido while a businessman walks by unfazed.

My son sang Free To Be You and Me for his English song. His French class performed a Danse Irlandaise. We practiced the English song at home a number of times, but I never asked my son what he was doing for his French class, even though I had to make a green belt for his costume. I've told you before that I am amazed that my son speaks nearly native French. I am still filled with awe and pride when I hear him with his friends. Well, I felt the same way yesterday when I saw him perform on stage and dance the Irish jig. Who knew? He can really move. I didn't know he had it in him. Even though I noticed he was biting his nails right before he got on stage, once on, he performed with real joy.

Once the show was over, my son went home with his best friend. My daughter and some friends ran around on stage for a while until the crew came in to clean up. We walked outside to another incredibly hot, sunny day. My daughter and her friend walked up to the Etoile/Arc de Triomphe where we would part our ways.

Right at the metro stop, there was a band playing some music. Even though I knew my daughter must be exhausted by this point she wanted to stay and listen to the music. I gave her some money for the collection jar. It was an afternoon I will long remember.

-- said Auntie M in Paris
10:49 PM



what a treasure of memories you are collecting! beautiful post!

# posted by Becca : 11:19 PM  

You have a wonderful site. My wife and I visited Paris for the first time in November 2004 and I read your blog everyday wishing we were still there.
Just a quick question if you don't mind. We are having are first child (girl) due sometime this week and since you have been to alot of children events lately what are some of the popular names?

# posted by Anonymous : 3:46 AM  

Ah, I'm so proud for your kids myself, and I've never even met them! I can especially understand how proud you must be that your son can speak nearly perfect French. That's really something; you know I'm a huge language nut... I wish I had been able to speak at least one other language from a young age.

All these experiences are really going to pay off someday for them, I think! :D

And lucky you, having a party at the Lido. Was this for your French classes or for the children's school?

# posted by Joe : 4:12 AM  

Hello Anon !

Here are the top 20 female and male first names attributed to newborn children in France in 2004. Note that all births must be registered at the local city hall within three days of birth, so this is an "official" sort of list, available on gov't websites and republished in quite a few magazines. (smile) Note, too, that critical accents have been removed for ease of reading.

Le top 20 des prenoms feminins (female)


Le top 20 des prenoms masculins (male)



# posted by L'Amerloque : 9:11 AM  

Becca, Thanks. Of course, the kids won't remember most of this stuff. Hopefully the blog will be around for them to have a look.
A, Thankfully, L'Amerloque has come to the rescue with your question!
Joe, It is really neat to have the fete at the LIDO. The kids in another class sang a zebra song and they LIDO folks brought out a mechanical elephant for the background. Some of the kids stopped singing in amazement because the elephant looked so real. Only at the LIDO!
L'A, Thanks as always for helping out with information. I had no idea where to look for popular names.

# posted by Auntie M in Paris : 12:48 PM  

Hi Auntie M - I love your blog and read it every day before our June 3-11, 2005 visit to Paris. Since then I see the pictures and such wonderful memories return.You lead a very enviable life and I wish you well.


# posted by Anonymous : 4:39 PM  

What a wonderful blog you have. I am really enjoying visiting France through your journaling. Its exciting to see via the internet what you saw today and how wonderful of you to share it!

# posted by Maggie Ann : 5:55 PM  

You are so hip Auntie!

We went to Avignon for La FĂȘte de la Musique, which was fun, but surely not as much of a bustle as in Paris.

I love festivals!

# posted by Sammy : 7:25 PM  

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