Notice in the photo that there are three boys and one teacher playing violin while everyone else is dancing . Those boys are Sam, Paul and John. For some reason, boys that age would much rather provide the music than participate in dancing. Sam, Paul and John have been Suzuki Institute friends since they were small. Every year they are in most of the same classes (although Paul gets a bit ahead of the others… motivating Sam to work a bit harder…) and they spend ALL their free time running around together.
Danny has Suzuki friends now, too. Liam, August and Danny were quite the trio this week, and from my experience with Emily’s Suzuki friends, Sam’s Suzuki friends and Brian’s Suzuki friends, I’m confident that they will still be a trio when they are too mature to dance with the girls
Suzuki week also reminds me how blessed I am that my children are friends with each other. But you know, many families there are like ours. Maybe siblings are close when they spend so much time practicing together, listening to each others’ lessons, singing their little brother’s new pieces together in the car….
Speaking of siblings, Dixon’s sister, Mary, and her husband, Mike, joined us again this year. We always enjoy our times together so much… and Mike and George did some serious bonding.
I’m sorry I don’t have more photos of Emily… but since she sort of outgrew Suzuki and moved up into the Fry Street Quartet seminar, she went to her classes and rehearsals independently. The only time I saw her during the day when she wasn’t performing is when she helped Danny with his 2:30 class. I am SO grateful she was there on the last day, because Danny’s class decided to have a parade.
The other big event on the last day was the play-in with everybody. The most advanced kids go up first, and play a super-hard song, then maybe the book 6 kids go up and everybody standing so far plays that song, then the intermediate students, and so on. Finally the littlest kids (the twinklers) go up. It always makes me cry, it’s so amazingly beautiful.
This is Danny’s second year as a twinkler. There are definitely some advantages to having CP. First of all, you get to be a twinkler for longer (although this is probably his last year ) Secondly, when you have a Violet-mobile, you can help everybody else carry their instruments.
One more photo of three little Suzuki friends, and then I have to go back to work. Emily went home with Aunt Mary, so I’d like to have things all done before Monday since she won’t be here to help me out. She’s going to be gone for FIVE WEEKS!!! this summer… and we really miss her already.