Jack and Sophie had a school musical “spectacular” in the Batucada genre. I didn’t know what this was until I did a little research. Batucada is a mix of African and Brazilian samba usually played percussion style. All the children in the Sanilhac school had been practicing their songs and music for months. Jack would always note when it was lundi, monday, because that is when they had music class. Sophie would come home singing a little tune that none of us understood, except for her and Jack! The children were so excited for their performance and were saddened when it got cancelled last friday night. Le spectacle was taking place at the centre ville because in this style of music it is performed while walking. So, the program was for the children to begin at la mairie and work their way through the little village and stop at 2 other places, la place du château and la place du Four, while playing their instruments and singing.
It was raining all day friday. In fact, we had flood warnings again in our area so the children obviously could not perform in those conditions. Jack and Sophie were so sad the fête, party, had been cancelled. They wanted to get their “costumes” on and show off what they had learned!
On monday when they returned to school it was announced that the spectacle would be mardi soir à 18h, tuesday night at 6pm. Hooray!!! Tuesday we woke up to beautiful sunny skies. You could feel the excitement in the air when I took the kids to school. Around 4pm dark clouds rolled in and it started raining!!! Jack and Sophie would look out the window every 5 minutes to see if the rain stopped. It would rain, then stop, then rain, then stop, then sprinkle, then stop… Around 5:45pm the rain stopped and we knew we had to get the kids to la mairie. Sure enough, the whole town was there and all the school children were ready to perform, rain or shine!
When we arrived Jack was trying to locate his instrument that he had made but he could not find it amongst all the others. He was able to grab a tambourine. Each class was dressed in a different colored shirt. Sophie wore white, Jack had green, our neighbor Thomas has blue, our friends Adrian, Rudy, Marie, and Marius had on red shirts. It looked really festive when they were all marching down the streets together. Jack and Sophie got to wear colors around their waist, neck, wrists and Sophie had a purple flower in her hair.
I loved watching Jack and Sophie sing, dance and interact with everyone! I had to pinch myself as I was watching them perform, in the rain at times, surrounded by old stone houses and narrow stone streets. AJ, Austin and Tristan all knew people and/or friends from the village. We feel a part of this community and there definitely were tears as I thought about leaving this beautiful place in just 6 weeks.