Laurel began playing the French Horn in Auckland and that has already been the subject of a few posts. You wouldn't think it would be all that interesting, would you? A little girl starting a new musical instrument. But I guess because her teacher, Jill, thought of so many ways to keep things very fun, I just keep finding reasons to talk about it!
Just before Christmas, Jill told Laurel that if she could master a few holiday songs by the following week, they would do a bit of busking at a nearby shopping plaza. Laurel blinged up her horn with tinsel and learned the songs and the two of them got reluctant permission from the Chinese owner of the $2 store ($1.40US w/ the exchange rate) and off they went, jingling all the way.
For a short while they also played here in front of the A&E (Accident & Emergency, same as our urgent care centers) and the Countdown. In all, they made $23!! Well, Laurel did. Jillian was very sweet to let her keep it all.
Most of all though, what a unique (slightly weird!) memory for Laurel! She had such a blast! I kept looking at them in front of the Asian supermarket there and thinking, really? How did we end up here? However it happened, it was such a good thing!
Merry Christmas, Happy Easter, whatever! K.