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  • 32 years ago we, 12 pairs of parents, most from other countries and married to a Mexican, started planning an alternative school, two years later we founded that school. It was a kind of Waldorf School then, but not a real one, because we had a hard time to find real Waldorf teachers and then not everything Waldorf seemed appliable in such a different culture. We gave out scholarships to poor families in the intent to bring the different social - economic groups and racial groups of the local population together. We wanted philosophy and music and art to be included in the curriculum, something which in most Mexican schools does not exist.

    Well, it was a struggle, but we did it and the school still exists, The School Of The Little Sun, La Escuela del Pequeño Sol, after Chan Kin, a Mayan boy from the Lacandon tribe, who had been heavily abused by his parents and got adopted by an American couple, after he had nearly died of his abuse in the local hospital. Chan Kin is Maya language and means LITTLE SUN. Chan Kin is a grown man today and nearly 40 years old and lives in the US, he went to Little Sun School together with my oldest son and they are still friends. These boys belonged to the first generation of students in the school. Today my grandkids attend the school.

    Several teachers have died during these decades, from 1982 to 2014 . one, who recently dropped dead in just the flash of a moment, was Anamaría Maza. She was a pillar of our school project for many years, until she moved away.

    For each teacher, who has died, I have been asked to design a til picture, which our friend, the ceramist Maite Bellato, then turns into tiles. Maite has problems with her hands today and will give up the works with tiles. I hope that she still can plasm my design for Ana Maza, though.

    When I asked her about this the other day on the phone, she laughed," Kiki, one day we will all be tiles in the walls of the Pequeño Sol - School!"

    Not so bad! I like that much better than being in a cemetery!

    Art by Kiki
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