Mom's Evening in the South Pacific
Trip Start Dec 29, 2007
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How could we refuse? There was less than a month to go and no time to waste. Practice was 2 or 3 times a week. Attendance was never perfect and sessions never started on time. Children below 7 are not easy to manage and dogs can get underfoot. Rene Hofilena managed, his patience admirable.
After the young pharmacists presented a dance and one of Mother's friends sang one of her unforgettable songs (she sings this song all the time), the lights were dimmed and the the sound of ocean waves came with Sophie's promise we'd bring everyone far away. Celebrant and guests were then whisked to Balihai by a solitary dancer (Krista).
The audience applauded as soon as the others - little kids: Geo, Jet, Ally, Ernest, Kat-Kat, Gabby; big kids: Josephine, Sarah, Hervie, Mark, Christopher; parents: Julie, Ray, Pons, Pines, John, Bambi, me - our faces glowing from excitement and the reflection of the candles we carried, entered in solemn procession from the wings and from the front of the hall. Amazing that so simple a dance could be so moving but we were applauded several times.
After the last "Balihai," the last offering of the lighted candles, Julie, Bambi, Alfonso, John, and I scrambled to change. Meg joined Pines and the others to sing of dreams and talking of things we like to do. "Happy Talk" brought back memories of