I first wanted to take the time to acknowledge all of my readers who took the time to comment, tweet, and email me after my Wednesday post: Marriage, In laws, and Cross Cultural. I was surprised by how many people reached out to me after dealing with very similar cultural issues with family. It is not something I would wish on anyone else but it comforting to know we are not alone. It is just another facet in our life as expats and global nomads. Thank you also for those who reminded me why I love blogging and that we should blog for ourselves. Thank you for the lovely comments on how the subject matter was approached.
The one word that came up most frequently since Wednesday was the word ‘honesty‘ and how you as readers love that aspect most about coming to the blog. Thank you, I greatly appreciate that feedback. With being a Third Culture Kid and having to fit into to so many different cultures, situations, countries, etc it is nice to have a place where I can be me. I hope that you reading this blog know that you too can be you. You do not have to be living in fear of the expectations of others. Be proud of yourself, love life, and live your life remembering how precious and beautiful it is with you in it.
This semester my son Ronan has been learning to play the Ukulele in school. I was actually tickled when we first visited his classroom and realised this was the instrument his year was learning how to play. My youngest son was born in Hawaii, where we lived for three years. Being the longest place my sons have lived anywhere it was a nice ‘home’ comfort to have a bit of Hawaii here with us. We were able to get Ronan his own Ukulele in his favourite
colour shade black. For a kid who always has a song humming off his lips it has been a great next step putting a musical instrument in his hands. He is always practicing his cords, asking me to teach him new songs, and waking us up in the morning with his songs of serenade. He recently learned how to play the beginning part of Sunshine of Your Love by Cream and I may be biased, but it is so cute to watch him play it.
Yesterday I had the opportunity to watch him play in a multi school wide concert at the Pavilion in Bath, England. Unfortunately my husband was not able to get away from work so I was busy taking photos with the DSLR, with my iPhone, and recording video our video recorder. Yes I am one of those parents in the crowd. However they do not want any photographs or film footage to be put publicly. So just imagine how cute a class of year 3 look and sound in their british school uniforms playing Yellow Submarine by the Beatles.
Afterwards I took both my sons to the nearby Parade Park for the first time. It is usually never crowded despite all the tourists, since you have to pay a fee to get access. However if you are a Bath resident like me with your Discovery card you can just walk right in. This made it perfect for capturing photos of my son while he played music in the park. I love the photograph below because Ronan looks so much like my dad especially with my dad’s hair as he had it the same length (if not longer) in the last year of his life. I know he would have been so proud to have seen him play yesterday and is smiling down on him. Here are the rest of my favourites from our spontaneous photo session in the park:
*photography belongs to Bonnie Rose Photography ©2007-2013 All Rights Reserved – www.bonnie-rose.co.uk