I have the most fond memories of playing in piano recitals every spring since I was Skyler's age. I used to get so nervous, but my mom swears that every year I would get on stage and play my pieces the best she'd ever heard them. She said that I always rose to the occasion. I guess I liked the pressure? And maybe the attention?
On the way in to her piano teacher's house, Skyler spotted this butterfly, so we stopped to enjoy the good luck for a minute.
She looked confident until the room started filling up. Soon there were 40-50 people there, and she started to get scared. She came back to check in with us in the back of the room right before it started. She said: "I'm nervous. Like REALLY nervous." She looked a little pale.
I guess she's just like her mom. She played her 2 pieces better than ever. I know that you probably have to be related to us by blood to actually watch this video, but here is Skyler's second piece, the duet she played with her teacher. It makes me cry a little. So pretty.
All done! Proud as can be.
The recital also totally inspired me to play more myself. I'm dusting off my old music.
"Love yourself, for who and what you are; protect your dream and develop your talent to the fullest extent. Don't lose sight of your goals. No matter what the obstacles are, don't let anything deter you from your best effort. Don't allow anyone to tell you what you can and cannot do. Be tough, be stubborn, love yourself, and find friends who believe in you." --Joan Benoit Samuelson