Hedreich Nichols


Starting Over

hedreich and olafAmazing how time really does fly when you’re having fun. Except for a moment or two, this was just the greatest summer! I saw Elsa and Anna and Olaf at Disney, hit water park slides, amusement park coasters, rode trails,  swam lakes, saw knights and medieval instruments of torture, had friends and family visit and visited with friends and family. All this fun I had in the company of the world’s most wonderful 10 year old. And then, almost without warning, Summer was over and there were a host of new starts. A pair of Harry Potter-esque glasses and a new school for my 5th grader. Fitting an ‘upright’ into the car for the school orchestra’s newest bassist.  The search for a Boy Scout troop as he earns his Arrow of Light. For me, finding a single-mom-student-budget car to replace my wheezing mom-mobile before she leaves us stranded on the road. Getting rid of the post-divorce trauma poundage. Training for my first 5k ever. Oh and starting the last semester before getting on the licensure train to graduation and certification. Talk about the dog days of summer being over!

The sudden cold snap reminded me that we are not frozen, stuck in any one stage of life. Seasons change. After a very, VERY long season of difficulty and challenge, it seems that my day to day challenges resemble more closely a spring than an impending fall. I am deeply grateful for a moment of respite and even more grateful for a loving Father who safely guided me through the darkest of times.

For the first time in forever, I’m enjoying starting over.

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As the World Turns…

…the seasons change. The bare, funky stage clothes of Summer go to the back of the closet and make way for the wraps and boleros in muted tones of Fall. To kick off the season, Hedreich charmed the teachers and student body of the Primary school in Wädenswil with a workshop and concert incorporating all the k-6 voices as well as those of teachers and parents on hand for the week’s event.

And after a wonderful season’s end concert which was broadcast on DRS 3, this week finds her preparing for a post derniere appearance with the Swiss Army Band on Friday in Basel. Unfortunately for fans it’s invitation only.

And speaking of broadcasts, if you’re in eastern Switzerland, be sure to watch Tele Südostschweiz this Friday at 10 till 7 in the evening to see her Monday morning interview with Fabian Heer. Maybe you’ll even see her do “Song About…” live and unplugged!

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