A five-year-old reciting Shakespeare’s sonnets at Stratford-upon-Avon

Below are several videos from the boy’s mother, who is one of our MBL volunteers and a mother we care.
We hope these videos will make you smile!
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(Jai reciting Shakespeare’s Sonnet 75 with music accompany)

SONNET 75

So are you to my thoughts as food to life,
Or as sweet-season’d showers are to the ground;
And for the peace of you I hold such strife
As ‘twixt a miser and his wealth is found;
Now proud as an enjoyer and anon
Doubting the filching age will steal his treasure,
Now counting best to be with you alone,
Then better’d that the world may see my pleasure;
Sometime all full with feasting on your sight
And by and by clean starved for a look;
Possessing or pursuing no delight,
Save what is had or must from you be took.
Thus do I pine and surfeit day by day,
Or gluttoning on all, or all away.
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(Jai reciting Shakespeare’s Sonnet 18)

SONNET 18

Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate:
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer’s lease hath all too short a date:
Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,
And often is his gold complexion dimm’d;
And every fair from fair sometime declines,
By chance, or nature’s changing course, untrimm’d;
But thy eternal summer shall not fade
Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow’st;
Nor shall Death brag thou wander’st in his shade,
When in eternal lines to time thou grow’st;
So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,
So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.
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(Jai leading a recital of Shakespeare’s Sonnet 18, the adults in the scene included the in house actor, educators of Shakespeare, a lady who later filmed Jai reciting other sonnets that day and a lady who appreciated Jai’s love for sonnet so much that she recommended him to the house team. It was fun, interesting, and moving to see how the light in their eyes full of loving appreciation as well as encouragement to Jai’s love for Shakespeare’s beautiful language.)

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(Jai reciting Shakespeare’s Sonnet 5 with music accompany)

SONNET 5

Those hours, that with gentle work did frame
The lovely gaze where every eye doth dwell,
Will play the tyrants to the very same
And that unfair which fairly doth excel:
For never-resting time leads summer on
To hideous winter and confounds him there;
Sap check’d with frost and lusty leaves quite gone,
Beauty o’ersnow’d and bareness every where:
Then, were not summer’s distillation left,
A liquid prisoner pent in walls of glass,
Beauty’s effect with beauty were bereft,
Nor it nor no remembrance what it was:
But flowers distill’d though they with winter meet,
Leese but their show; their substance still lives sweet.

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(Jai reciting Shakespeare’s Sonnet 1)

SONNET 1

From fairest creatures we desire increase,
That thereby beauty’s rose might never die,
But as the riper should by time decease,
His tender heir might bear his memory:
But thou, contracted to thine own bright eyes,
Feed’st thy light’s flame with self-substantial fuel,
Making a famine where abundance lies,
Thyself thy foe, to thy sweet self too cruel.
Thou that art now the world’s fresh ornament
And only herald to the gaudy spring,
Within thine own bud buriest thy content
And, tender churl, makest waste in niggarding.
Pity the world, or else this glutton be,
To eat the world’s due, by the grave and thee.

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(Jai reciting Shakespeare’s Sonnet to an elder lady and her friends)

MBL Trip to China (July 2013) – Fye Tavinee Maithai from Cheltenham Ladies’ College

From the 3rd of July until the 15th of July I participated in the MBL volunteering program in Nanjing. This experience was so enriching in that I was able to immerse myself with the true Chinese culture and society. I improved my Chinese language day by day and got to know so many friendly people along the way. My host family gave me great support right from the moment I first met them to when I left Nanjing. I’m so glad to have had this opportunity and so happy that such a wonderful organization like MBL has allowed me to take part on this meaningful experience.

 

For more details, please click HERE: Fye’s MBL Trip in China

 

 

MBL at CACH Reunion 2013 (22nd – 24th March)

j1LVQRrcyrql3U1EKc0h3XfgHE-8FaGLOUrmqtBk-yw,67cLcu4fuzAEJIIO4pHwLwhdB5V6eo4gd8YZgk3hxxgDuring the 3-day CACH annual reunion starting from March 22nd 2013, seven volunteers from The Mothers’ Bridge of Love have participated in organizing workshops for more than 165 families and about 200 Chinese children at Dovery Hotel in Daventry. Ms. Xinran Xue, the founder of the Mothers’ Bridge of Love, gave a speech on the current state of the Chinese One Child Policy and delivered a talk titled “Messages from an unknown Chinese mother” to the parents.

Most of the volunteers arrived at the Dovery Hotel during the morning of March 23rd.. They had prepared a day of workshops for the children from all age groups. Bingqian He and Fan Wu were responsible for Chinese Calligraphy, Paper Cutting and Chinese Painting workshops. They taught the children to write “Father and Mother I love you” with the brush and how to cut “double happinesses” and “Four Springs.” Yixuan Wang is a college student who has a deep understanding of Chinese dance and costumes ran two workshops throughout the day to teach the children traditional Chinese dance, which as one parent said, “was an extremely enjoyable experience.” Jiang Li and Yunbian Zhu were Tai Chi and Er Hu masters respectively, and their workshops were all popular among the children and the parents.

At the MBL stall, XIAO Li and LI Xu were busy chatting with the parents regarding their experiences with the children. It was a touching moment when parents shared how they met and grew with their babies from China. Later that day, MBL arranged a Chinese Minority Costume Try-on Session where the children had the opportunity to dress like Chinese minorities and learn about their different cultures. The purpose of this session was to encourage the children to explore a different phase of the Chinese culture.

On the morning of 24th, the three-day event closed with the Reunion Grand Finale. MBL volunteer Li Jiang performed Tai Chi with Yixuan Wang playing Chinese flute in accompany. It was an unforgettable experience for all MBL volunteers to see the love between the parents and their adopted children. It really proves how love can go beyond ethnic, nationality and religion and to reach the very essence of human nature.

 

Report by MBL volunteer WU Fan