Thursday, May 28, 2009


So today I attended the first "skolavslutning" (end of school year ceremony) as a parent and it was a good thing I brought extra Kleenex. I've always been very emotional on a day like this - the end of a school year, last day etc - and it didn't make a difference that it wasn't even mine this time, but the Daughter's. 

She "graduated" from Kindergarten and they sang adorable songs out of tune and were so happy and so cute in all their dresses and nice clothes. The principal was there and they all got certificates and there was enough time for every parent to take pictures of your child with their teacher and the principal. Great organization as always. 

The only thing missing was of course the most beautiful Swedish summer song, Den Blomstertid nu Kommer - the song you always sang on the end of the year ceremonies when I was a kid. I bought a version on iTunes last night so the Daughter at least got to hear it when she got back from school and I made a playlist with Swedish summer songs such as Nu grönskar det, Barfotavisa etc. 

I found this version on YouTube, recorded in Hagaparken in Stockholm - not the best sound quality - but beautiful voices. And - in reality - you should hear the sound of the wind and other outdoor noises when you hear this song - an end of the year ceremony when I was a kid was almost always outside... oh, memories... 

Enjoy! And let the summer holiday begin!

1 comment:

Annika said...

Vilken otroligt vacker inspelning, J!!
Nu ryser jag och känner hur rörd jag blir.
NU längtar jag till sverige!
Jag ska maila dig om ngra dagar då du hunnit "landa".
Kram o lycklig, lycklig resa!!