Friday, June 25, 2010

Practice makes perfect

Every child has there own special thing that they are drawn to. Some like sports like hockey or soccer or they prefer the arts. Ever since Sam was a baby he has loved music. He was the baby that would literally hum to a song even before he could talk. His fingers were always going and like mine they're quite long.
Last September we made the decision to put him into piano. He loved it. When we moved to the island i immediately enrolled him into the local Music school.
His new teacher was very pleased to have a student who was eager to learn and wonderful to teach.
Every day though after school it was "Sam play your piano!" and he would say "I know I know!"and on he practised. Last Saturday was his very first recital. He wasn't one bit nervous but i was ! He performed three songs perfectly. It was a real delight watching him on stage.

At the end of the recital he was presented with a surprise award. A bursary for the music
school. We were all shocked and very happy!
He was chosen by his teacher for the following reasons:
1. Consistent practice of music
2. Positive attitude towards learning and receiving instruction
3. Continued improvement in musicianship and music skills.

And what did his dad and i say to him after...."Practice makes perfect!"
Congratulations Sammy!!

Monday, June 14, 2010

Hope for the sea and its creatures

Our beautiful oceans have once again been hurt .
All sea creatures living in the sea are affected by this great tragedy.
I never understood the power or the beauty of the sea...
until i moved to Vancouver Island.
Every day that i visit her i am once again captivated by her beauty...
in awe of the calmness she brings over me.
My husband always talked about his growing up by the ocean. How they
swam and waterskiied every summer. August was always spent fishing for salmon
He told me how he missed the smell of the salt air. The coast was always calling him home.
Living here i feel her calling me every morning. Our son loves it so much and enjoys all the creatures that live here.

But ... i feel very sad and heart broken when i look at her. I think to myself they have hurt her

All sea mammals and birds that need her ... this is their home
where they feed and live


And i think what can i do? Just one person
to make such a big wrong

It all starts with just one ...doesn't it?
and then
i think about
this Native American prayer
Look at our brokeness.
We know that in all creation
Only the human family
Has strayed from the sacred way.
We know that we are the ones
Who are divided
And we are the ones
Who must come back together
To walk in the sacred way
Sacred One,
Teach us love, compassion, honor
That we may heal the earth
And heal each other.

May she will forgive us ... and all the sea creatures as well
Pamela xo