Kate did a great job on her piano recital despite what she thinks. She missed one note at the end of her song and it was all she could do to hold in her tears until she sat down and buried her head in my lap. If she had been listening to all the other kids she would have realized that everyone made some mistakes. It's okay!
She said later that she never wanted to play the piano again. I tried to comfort her by telling her that I was proud of her and at least she didn't miss every note like I did once. I had to play the cello for the State Music Competition but this one particular time my nerves got the best of me and I blew it--bigtime. Maybe it was because I was so sick of my song by the time the competition rolled around I didn't practice much before. Maybe it was the huge crowd of musician peers that filed in to listen. But, I think what really put me over the edge was when I found out right before that one of those peers had made the hour drive to come to watch me because he had a crush on me. Aaaargh! Maybe it was worth the drive just for the freak show. I couldn't believe myself how awful I sounded with each note more out of tune than the next. It was shocking really and I never could get it together. When it was over I got up and instead of bowing I apologized to the judges.
But, back to Kate. The point I was trying to get across with my story was this. I still kept on playing my cello. I didn't quit because of one career-busting humiliating disaster..and look how happy and rewarding the cello is for me now...etc. etc...!
(and the guy still wanted to go out with me and neither of us ever mentioned the State Music Competition)
More exciting events of the week: Brynn's preschool graduation. She was very satisfied with all the fun and learning of the past year. She told me that when Smokey the Bear came to visit he told them that when you are on fire you are supposed to "Duck, Roll, and Sit."
Adrie was especially good at doing the part in the song that said, "turn around and fall on the ground."