My Life With Suzuki
By: Waltraud Suzuki
People who have known me for some years all says: “You should write a book”
Well, I am not one of the gifted authors who can successfully intermingle fantasy and reality, but in a very plain way I have tried to write down some of my life´s reminiscences.
It is not my intention to discuss Suzuki´s philosophy and work a detail in this book, since those subjects are sufficiently covered in Nature By Love, Ability Development from Age Zero, and many other publications about Suzuki.
This is just an acconunt of our life together.
I was born in 1905 in Berlin, Germany into an upper middle class family as the third and last child. There followed a happy childhood, except for the piano lessons my sister and I had to attend from the age of six, and my mother´s summons when visitors came,”Now play a little for the guest”. I didn´t like that at all. The conventional lessons did not inspire me, but no Talent Education or Suzuki Method existed then.
At that time, I didn´t know what life held in store for me, and fate goes curious ways.
In 1914, The first World War started. Two years later my father died after a prolonged illness. Those years were very hard. Food was scarce. I went to school without breakfast and when I came home from school there was no lunch. I went down to the greengrocers to relieve my mother who had been standing there in line since early morning in hopes of getting some (frozen) potatoes. My sister and I shared this task. Sometimes, when my turn came, everything was sold out. There was not enough food for the ration cards.
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