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Looking back, I didn't really REALLY have ballerina potential , although I was very good at the "port-de-bra" thing where you stand still and wave first the left and then the right arm in the air. Plus I got full marks for the aural tests where all you use is your ears. None of that "plie" ( pli - yay ? ) business where your knees go out of joint from bending sideways. Ouch.

What happened was that I spent one entire December holiday eating boxes full of Wilson toffees. And after this feast the teacher called in my mom and told her I was now too big to go on "points". Oh, how I had dreamed about those pink satin tie up "point" shoes...... But it was not to be. Ballet and me parted ways.

And I was put on diet. The first of many many MANY diets in my life. Because, looking back , I suspect a great deal of my "hardegat" attitude towards any form of dieting started right there. I almost instinctively dug in my heels and refused to conform. To this day my biggest pleasure is derived from "going against the norm".

Was that teacher right ?

As a music teacher, 98% of the pupils I come across do not have and will never have the ability to "make it " in the music world.

Does that mean they shouldn't be given the chance to at least go as far as they can?

One of my pupils still doesn't know the difference between her right and left hands. After a YEAR of lessons. Nevermind being able to read the fingernumbers on sheetmusic.

But she comes into the room with such enthusiasm and she enjoyes her lessons so much.

Do I have the right to say to her that she's a musical disaster ?

NO. I don't.

Because she's trying.

And to try is enough.







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At 2:10pm on June 21, 2013, Lea said…

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I am stopping by to say "hello" :)
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At 10:49pm on March 10, 2011, missy Varner said…


My name is Missy and I am also a member of the Mom Bloggers Club.  I have a blog,  and I also run the blog hop network.

I wanted to let you know that I am following you,  and hoping when you get a chance you can follow me back.  I also want to invite you to join my groups, The Blog Hop Network, Beauty Bloggers, and Children's businesses.  Also, I would love to place a link to your site on my blog if you want to do the same with my blog on yours. Please let me know by sending me an email regarding this and it has been nice meeting you via the web.



At 2:24pm on November 29, 2010, Nora J said…
From one blogger to another, welcome to MBC! :)

At 11:58pm on November 24, 2010, Veronica Lee said…
Hi and welcome to MBC!
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At 8:20am on November 20, 2010, Cinderella Of Boston said…
Welcome and Hi. Time is precious to us all, I know. But, if you're a petite woman 5'4" and under & would love to read great articles about the best things that come in small packages ~ come on over for a visit and stay a spell ... we'd love to have you.
At 8:13am on November 20, 2010, Cynthia Helwig-Putorti said…
Hi there and welcome from The Girlz Korner in upstate New York where you'll find light, witty and rather entertaining articles on every topic imaginable from The Little Black Dress to Making Whoopie. So if you get a chance to kick back and exhale, if only for a brief moment ... come on over and see me some time. Don't be too overwhelmed by MBC. The ladies are awesome here and sooo embracing. Hope you enjoy your stay :)
At 11:50am on November 19, 2010, Marla Silverman said…
Hi Sanet! Welcome to the club and feel free to check out my blog: Swanky Baby I'm looking forward to checking yours out too!
At 5:00pm on November 18, 2010, DP Nguyen said…
Hi! Welcome to MBC. Wishing you the best of luck. Feel free to check out my blog, follow my blog with Google Friend Connect, and follow me on Twitter. I look forward to meeting you and reading your blog! :-)

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At 11:51am on November 18, 2010, Ella Johnson said…
Hello and welcome to Mom Bloggers Club. MBC is one of the largest social networks for mom bloggers. It is a place where moms who blog converge to talk about the latest trends in blogging and support each other in their blogging endeavors and a place to make new friends. I review and blog about children’s books & gifts. I will be stopping by your blog.

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