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May
13

loudly and clearly

K and F just had their end of school year program.  They each had to memorize a poem to recite solo on a microphone in a place they had never been and in front of a crowd of classmates, family and a bunch of strangers.  We practiced and practiced and the memorization was quite easy.  Speaking loudly and clearly, also no problem.  Speaking in front of people not living under the same roof, not as easy.  We practiced while waiting in line at the grocery store and at the post office and a few other places with strangers around, and I’d always stress the need to speak loudly and clearly.  We’d high five and hug and I’d smile ear to ear and be totally thrilled and impressed and they were so proud.  Still, I didn’t know if they would do it or not.  I gave them each a hug and told them to have fun and to look for me, right in the front, and then sent them down a seemingly endless hallway to a room to wait for their big moment.  They filed in with their classmates and took their seats.  Finally, Francine’s name was called.  She hopped up from her seat, walked up the stairs and stood next to her teacher.  She looked nervous, but she held the microphone and told the audience her name and that she wanted to be a cheerleader and a princess when she grew up.  She made eye contact and recited her poem loudly and clearly, just like we practiced.  She smiled and proudly returned to her seat.  Next was Keta’s turn.  She told us her full name and that she was four.  She said she wanted to be a cheerleader (someone’s big sis must be a cheerleader, most popular goal by far) and a farmer when she got big and then she recited her poem, loudly and clearly, just like we practiced.  While I would argue with Uncle E and Bibi and Granddad that they were unquestionably the top two, I was amazed!  Just over one year ago they heard English for the first time.  Now they’re standing up in front of a group reciting poetry, loudly and clearly.  Amazing!

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5 Responses to “loudly and clearly”


  1. 1 kim
    May 6, 2013 at 8:13 pm

    Oh Ashley, so many things come to mind. Amazing, brave, intelligent, beautiful! What wonders they are. Kudo’s to you as their wonderful mom.

  2. 3 Bibi
    May 7, 2013 at 9:17 pm

    An amazing job by two beautiful, brave, and wonderful girls. What also was immediately clear was how amazing their mama is and what a great job she is doing. There is no way the girls could be where they are without your constant care, teaching, nuturing, patience, wisdom and humor. You are my hero – all three of you!

  3. 4 Suzanne
    May 9, 2013 at 5:15 am

    I cried little happy tears reading this!! You Farmer girls are great!!! I’m so proud right now!! 😉

    • June 17, 2013 at 8:49 am

      Thanks Suzanne! Sorry to take so long to reply. Crazy with little ones around….. you know, right?!? I hope you’re little men and home and thriving! Best wishes!


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