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the next day my daughter went to school as normal and a few hours later I went to see her principal. My visit was unanounced and I'm sure the principal probably thought I was coming to complain about something. I walk into her office and I sit down. The pricincipal looks at me and asks how can she help me. I told her that my daughter and myself created a new grauduation song for the school. She looks at me and then says we can't pay you for it. I told her it was not about the money and that I was trying to prove a point to my daughter. She then said that my request was highly unusual, that they already had a song but that she would listen to it. I handed her my tape and she pulled a tape recorder out of her desk and listened to it without even looking at me. Then when she finnished she looked at me and said ok and that she liked the song.
amazing KM thanks! I'll have a look, is it a good book/story?
I can't wait to see Simon starring in more films! two months to go before I give it a year is being released here.
I read he actually makes a lot of appearances in the movie.
I was happy because my mum doesn't like TM, she doesnt like Jane, because of his arrogance, well she obviously hasn't really watched the show because he's got other sides to him but anyway, my aunt was there and she said she loved the show and loved his smile :-)
Your assignment is to read Tim Winton's "Breath". This is the novel that Simon Baker has bought the rights to bring it to film. Winton has a real visceral style of description. Do not get put off by it being written in Australian English complete with slang. I can help, and more than likely you can figure out what is being said and have some new words for your personal vernacular. Baker says he has the director, he is working on the funding, and to my knowledge casting is only being mused. So we can hypothesize if Baker played a character then who would he play. Would he play the narrator Bruce Pick (aging surfer and EMT) or Sandoz (aging surfer and mentor to child Picklet (the narrator) and his friend Ivan Loon (Loonie). The book is available through Amazon UK (which I'm indebted to for sending gifts to my family in DK). It is also in iBooks where I am.
Now strangely enough I don't read music and have never been trained. I messed around on the keyboard before but nothing serious. We get home and we go the the keyboard. I told my daughter that she would help write the lyrics are create an age appropriate grauduation song. In one night we wrote the song. My daughter wanted a two person duet type song so she could ask the boy she secretly had a crush on to do it with her! I went along with that with a raised brow of course! We comepleted the whole song and chorus for her entire grauduation class. We did the song with the words and a instrumental verson.
thanks KM it totally makes sense! I have to be careful because in French, the words' order is very different.
well I really want to improve my english so I need to read and read and I have to admit that other than forums I don't read much (books etc). I prefer watching than reading, I'm a lazy cow.
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ani it reminds me of Little miss sunshine, that movie is hilarious!
I had not heard that about schizophrenics.
As to your writing. I thought you handled the past tense well. What struck out reminds me of noun and adjective placement that happens when I speak Spanish. My eldest is fluent so she corrects me. Here is an example you wrote "not just because of her mother's death anniversary" and in English it would flow like this "not just because of the anniversary of her mother's death". I hope that explains what I noticed.
I then became a very determined parent, one that would prove to her daughter that she could do excactly what her IDOL does. I was determined to make her feel better and prove to her that there was nothing magical about her IDOL! So, as so many parents do, I put my foot in my mouth and said.....you know what? We are going to creat our own grauduation song and YOU WILL SING IT AT YOUR GRAUDUTION! I was a mom on a mission, I just really needed to show my daughter that everything in life is a process and that you should believe in what you want and do it! Guess what? My daughter smile and was up for the challenge!
I know ani I'm waiting for the next post!
KM indeed they are just like us, famous people don't impress me much. I got to meet a singer I loved many times and of course the first time was just wow because I'd been fond of him for years and years but then you get used to it, you realise they are just like any of us, obviously. I guess when we're really young, we tend to put them on a pedestal so that's why we are too gobsmacked and impressed to say anything but it gets better as we grow up, fortunately!
Not done yet! It gets better!
She's lucky to have you. Hopefully your daughter took the lesson with her.
Was your daughter just gob smacked? How does she feel about it now?
Anytime I've been in the presence of someone famous I only nod and smile, always at first meetings, but I've done better with one in subsequent meetings. I have to remind myself that they put their pants on one leg at a time, just like everyone else.
aw ani that's cute, you're a good mum! I bet it must have been heart breaking the poor thing!
ahah I have another quote! in S1*10 when Lsbon asks Jane "Tell me the truth" and he says the truth? Dark Vador, is Luke's father LOL
Once we got out of the store my daughter came back to herself and couldn't believe she acted like that. She was so upset that she could not even ask the singer to come to her grauduation. I told her it was ok and that alot of people act like that. That didn't make it any better for her. The car ride home was almost heart breaking for me. My daughter was so quiet and sad. I thought to myself that I needed to show her that she was capable of doing what that singer did and she should understand that the singer was no better then her. The only difference between the singer and my daughter was that the singer chased her dreams and opened up her mouth to let the words come out.
As my daughter is talking to me, I look at the singer and I think to myself, she looks really normal. What is my daughter going on about? Then finally what my daughter waited and begged for all week had finnally arrived. She was standing in front of her IDOL and had the biggest question in the world to ask her! That question never came out of her mouth, she froze and could not even speak to the singer. The singer looked at her politely, smiled and removed the paper from her hand, signed it and gave it back to her. My daughter looked so upset and embarrassed with herself. I gently put my hand on her shoulder and we left.
totally off topic but there is unforgettable here on TV and Virgil is on, how odd to see him in another show!
Ani I'm reading.. getting excited for your daughter lol
KM had no idea about the eye colour. I read that schizophrenic people's eye colour change according to who they think they are.
We get to the mall, fight the traffic to get a parking space, futher away then I would have liked. Then we fight our way in and finally land in a sea of excited kids and parents and just stand there; and wait, and wait and wait! Most of the people are tall than us and you can imagine my irritation with this! As the crowds started moving I could see the back of the singer. She was sitting at a table with her back to the store window. I looked at my daughter and I could just see the excitement dripping off of her. At this point I became happy for her and was glad I was in the moment with her. The line finally started moving up and my daughter began talking to me about what she would say to the singer.
ah great Ani let's hear it!
I don't have 3 eyes, talk about poor word choice, but 3 family members whose eyes change with color or emotion. The emotion increases blood flow and the increased red in the capillaries alters the blue shades to make them vibrant, violet to navy.
thank you KM I felt a bit embarrased to post it but well, if you enjoyed it that's good! :-)
I had a hard time with tenses as it was in the past, when it was in the past in the past.. I guess that's what you're refering to gramatically speaking.
I should be writing perfectly though, because I have a master in English but we mainly learned to translate English into French and not the other way round so I kind of learned by myself.
I love that your eyes "blush" too. All three of mine do, but our eldest can achieve navy when she is really upset. Nothing like a pesky little brother towering over cannot achieve.
My daughter was in the 5th grade and about to graduate and you know how 5th grader's are. They are into music and just idolize their singers. Well a singer she idolized was in town and signing autographs at a mall and she begged me to go see her. This singer made a grauduation song and my daughter wanted ask her if she would perform the song at her school. Now you know how those autograph signing things go! Long lines, screaming kids etc., etc., etc.! I just didn't want to do it! But of course you know children, she finally convinced me to take her and on my off day too!
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