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Friday, June 11, 2010

Au Revoir Les Enfants

"A good teacher is like a candle---it consumes itself to light the way for others." - Author unknown

Teaching is like THE DANCE; it requires intense training from the masters

under whose scrutinizing observations

the precision of the science

is demanded and expected

in order to give birth to the wonder of the art.

Flexibility in all circumstances

prepares you to be ready and fit

to withstand the pain of having to eventually say

Au Revoir Les Enfants

To do it effectively, the dance leaves one spent

Mais ├ža vaut la peine, YES, it's worth it all, because the reward of seeing your students take flight in the colors of their uniqueness

is richer

and sweeter

and more beautiful

than the glory of the dance itself.

Another school year awaits in the wings

but before our little charges come back to school


with a friend

with the one you love

or toute seule

and rejoice in a job well-done.

To all educators and parents everywhere.

Photo Credits:

Autographed Point Shoes from the blog BALLET NEWS

Photos of Desserts from the book Paris Patisseries, Flammarion

Black and White Paris Images from the book, Parisiennes: A Celebration of French Women, Flammarion