At my daughter’s school, they hold an annual event called Dia da Familia, or Family Day. It is held on a Saturday and includes performances by all the kids. It’s really cute and the kids get really excited about it and take it all very seriously (at least my daughter does).
However, this particular family day included a rather odd presentation. After a ballet skit, a screen dropped to cover the stage while the teachers organized children behind it for the next performance. During that time, about 10 minutes, the school elected to document the life of Vinicius de Moraes. Moraes was a Brazilian poet. His most famous works were produced in the 60’s and 70’s. Many of his poems were used in Brazilian music. (He also had a career as a diplomat.)
I could see the connection between a famous Brazilian poet/songwriter and the importance of the children learning about music and performance… and even passion, for that was mentioned a few times throughout the presentation. I could justify the subject of the story… if the school had left out the fact that this man had nine wives. But no. They chose to actually document all nine of the wives… on Family Day. Was the purpose of this to show how great a big family is? Because, he produced offspring with most of the early women. But no, because the quotes the school showed were mostly about needing new passion with each new marriage. Apparently, based on the presentation, each wife added something to the creative process.
Even my Brazilian husband was confused about the message. Now, I’m not judging Vinicius. Once the third wife went out, the rest should have known what they were in for. And if you want some stability, marry an accountant, not a poet. The American ideals (but not necessarily the reality) for a family include a group of people that stay together until the parents die and the kids turn 18. Perhaps Brazilian ideals are different – the more the merrier? Still, it is a stretch in my mind that this is an appropriate topic for Dia da Familia.
Another (what I though was a hilarious) cultural clash or just plain crazy? You tell me.