That's cute. Why?
Well, because of the guy with the guitar at preschool, of course.
Doesn't your school come with this perk?
On Monday, LouLou and Charlotte went for their very first day of Pré-Maternelle. The decision to start French preschool was one of opportunity: we live in a place where we can actually afford French immersion preschool. Done. Easy. Decision made.
So, along with a veritable entourage of mamas, drivers, cars, mothers, and fathers, we set off for their first day. Charlotte went with a très classique blue-dress-plus-white-ankle-socks combo. LouLou was in one of her own fashion-forward designs: a skirt with a dress over top. Nice.
|Photo by Jill.|
While they were adorable, I couldn't stop semi-wishing that they were wearing the little pré-scolaire pinafores that most Congolese two-year-olds don for school days. Sarah thinks I'm nuts.
After making our way through a classic Kinshasa emboutiage in front of the school, we unloaded and went to find the classroom. Easily, the most impressive thing - to kids and adults alike - was the guy playing "Bonjour Mes Amis" on the guitar in the hallway. Subway busker-style.
Sarah said something to him like, "Oh, hey, that's nice that you're here for the first day of school." He said, "First day of school? I'm here everyday!"
|Photo by Sarah. Don't you wish your preschool teachers dressed this well?|
Mme. Sidonie and her assistant, Mme. Bibi, bustled around the room. They tried to distract the sad ones with dolls and blocks (this strategy proved useful for Charlotte and Lou as well).
|Photo by Jill. or Johan...|
They answered questions. They tried to encourage the clingy parents to just leave already. They asked everyone to copy down the supply list...
The supply list.
I have no idea where to find these 5,000 items in Kinshasa. Wish me luck.
On day two, the girls were eager to "aller à l'école." Upon pick-up, Adam (who went to photograph them paparazzi-style and collect information as to their true feelings about pre-school), said they didn't want to come home. Operation Pré-Maternelle success.
I'm thinking of hiring that guitar player for bedtime.