Thank you Helen Keller

26 06 2017

… for being, first of all, an inspiring human being, a fighter, a person who believes in justice and equality… for being Anne Sullivan’s other half… 

Today is International Deafblind Day. Helen Keller was born on June 27th 1880. She was deafblind, struggled through childhood, found Anne Sullivan who believed in her, and developed tactile sign language. But she was much more than a sum of her disabilities: she was a political activist and stood up for women’s rights, she was a writer and a lecturer.
Here’s her story:

 https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helen_Keller





Dácil wants to walk

26 06 2017

Normally, when we go out, we take along Dácil’s stroller. We drive somewhere by car, we park, we mount the stroller and Dácil goes straight from car seat to stroller. This time was different. She didn’t want to, absolutely refused to sit in the stroller, she wanted to walk. We, Ama, Yone, Dácil and I, were heading for the shops to buy some t-shirts and comfy summer wear, and as she refused to be driven, she walked all the way through the shopping centre, sat a while in the stroller when we were busy choosing and buying, and then walked all the way back to the car. Just laughing her head off during the whole stroll. Yone captured the last bit, arriving back to the car.





Yone’s second hike

19 05 2017

One of the disadvantages of Dácil’s poor mobility is the fact that we can’t do any family hikes. And we sure love to hike, especially living on an island where paths are plenty and beautiful and the weather is inviting all year round. But alas… You just can’t have it all… So we have to plan short hikes, in the vecinity of our home. Start early, right after they pick up Dácil for school, and make sure we’re home by the time she gets back.

We picked the 3rd of May, the day of the cross. A bank holiday in Los Realejos, where Yone goes to school, so he had his day off, but not in La Orotava, where Dácil goes to school, so she was picked up by her bus as usual, at half past 8. 

We walked to the bus stop, not a cloud in the sky, took the 101 to Santa Úrsula, where we got off and walked past the house where “Project Lazarus” (or Realive as they later called it) was partly shot – the movie Yone had a small part in. From this house, there is a steep coastal path that descends to sea level and follows the coast towards the outskirts of Puerto de la Cruz leading to the Botanical Garden. A beautiful day, stunning views, delicious smoothy at the end and a refreshing dive in the pool back home. (We had taken towels and bathing suits but we didn’t go down to the beach for fear of not getting back home in time for Dácil).

All in all a great way to spend the morning!






Dácil enjoying her brother play

19 05 2017

Waiting for Yone to finish his procession with the band, we watched them pass. Dácil was having a great time too!





Dear Yone

16 04 2017

I wish for you to find joy in music. May it lift you up when you’re down. May it soothe your soul and your mind when you feel stressed or hurried.

And most of all I wish for you to find friends with whom to share music. Either playing together and being part of the magic that occurs when others join in, or listening together. I hope you will find and embrace a group that will be like family at some point in your life. 

I wish this for you as I have found it and it makes me extremely happy.





Yone’s with the Band

13 04 2017

He’s been fighting it for a long time. He didn’t want to enter the “big” band for fear of having to study difficult scores and having to practise the saxophone at home (God forbid)…

But this Easter we mamaged to convince him. And he’s been loving it! At last some good quality music, longer songs and more elaborate scores. 

His debut was a concert in the church: the presentation of the music which would be played during the processions of the Holy Week. Jorge and I sat in the audience, the whole band in their places, when suddenly Yone stands up from his place, walks forward, climbs onto de conductor’s platform and introduces the band asking for a big applause for the conductor, who then makes his appearance. 

And from then on it’s processions in the evenings. Just this week. Then they’ll be back to their usual non-sacred repertoire…





Yone plays with Dácil

3 04 2017

I’d like it to happen more often… However, some things can’t be forced and when they happen they are magical…