Editor’s Note: this post if from Mary Cay. It is written especially for Nicolette Solomon, a fellow Suzuki Teacher, originally from South Africa but now living in the U.S. Of course, we are all invited to read and enjoy too.
By Mary Cay Neal. Hello From South Africa, Nicolette! We are having a wonderful time in your beautiful country! People are so friendly and welcoming. Everywhere we go people on the street say “We’re glad you are here – enjoy and come back!”
It was especially fun to finally meet your Johannesburg/Pretoria Suzuki teacher friends in person. As you can see from the photos, I delivered those hugs from you! They planned a warm welcome in a beautiful concert hall complete with “Tea” after our rehearsal and South African food for supper. Our BSS students enjoyed swapping stories with the SA students during suppertime.
We were inspired to give our gift of music then play together with the SA students – a real friendship exchange of over 125 students and teachers, playing together. Thank you Dr. Suzuki for giving us a common repertoire that allows us to collaborate so easily! I felt like he was smiling down on us and saying: This is my vision – that children all over the world play music together!”
Thank you, Nicolette, for bringing us together in friendship!