“If we could see the world through the eyes of a child, we would see the magic in everything.”
(Chee Vai Tang)
I love the honesty and the clear perspective of children. I always have the impression that they know what life really is about. As I teach dance and relaxation classes for children (at the age of 7 to 12 years), I spend time with children every week and I enjoy this very much. Dancing and playing with children, discovering what they have to tell is a true adventure and enriches my life.
When I’m in holidays in other countries I also try to experience projects with kids, mostly in the area of sports, because – as a dancer – there I feel at home. So I had for example the chance to visit Paulo Canas and Nuno Fazenda, their inspiring project “Surfart” and their amazing group of children in Portugal, at the beach of Carcavelos.
Then, there’s Alejandro in Bolivia, already grown-up, who went to Academia de Fútbol Tahuichi Aguilera, a football school in Santa Cruz de la Sierra. I keep all the letters which he wrote me as my godchild and I’m so happy that we’re still in contact via Facebook.
Against this background I got the idea of this project: Asking children all over the world what’s a happy day for them. – Because I’m sure the answers will be amazing and an inspiration for all the adults in the world who focus on the important things in life.
The languages I speak are German, English, Spanish, a little bit of French and a little bit of Portuguese. So I wrote a letter in these five languages for all the children who’d like to write me and tell me about their happy day. You can find the letter here on the blog, but you can also contact me (via the contact form) so that I can e-mail you the letter in your language. If you have students, children you work with, a daughter, a son, a niece, a grandchild who would like to write me, I’d be happy to receive a letter from them.
The idea is to share the letters I get here on this blog so that the world can find out more about what children across different countries tell us about happiness and joy!
If you are a teacher who would like to do a whole project on happiness with your students and to work with me for this, you can also have a look at Bring me to your classroom.