Maybe I should have picked something a little less exciting for my first post-surgical adventure.
Everybody played. Well, except George. He sang. Dixon had to take him out, but they made it back in time for everybody’s piece.
This was the first time Danny played a real song at a recital… last time he decided he was going to do an A Major scale instead. I’m so proud of Danny. If we had to choose the very hardest extracurricular activity for him, violin would be it. It requires his brain to hold his body up, requires his body to hold his violin up, and requires both hands to do something totally different at the same time. You know how some movements are automatic for us? Like going up the stairs. We can do it with our eyes closed… our legs just know what to do. Motor activities aren’t automatic for him. Emily, Sam and Brian can practice lots and their playing becomes ingrained. Danny has to think about every note (while he thinks about sitting and holding his violin up…)But anyway, we didn’t choose, he did…
We are so thankful to Jessica, their teacher, for working so hard with him and the big kids. You know, most teachers wouldn’t have spent so much time and effort figuring out how to help Danny learn to play. Jessica is really able to think outside of the box AND she’s an exceptional musician and a faith-filled mama 🙂 .
One of my favorite parts of Jessica’s student recitals is that she always has one or two tiny little new students. She could fill her entire teaching schedule with Interlochen-bound big kids, but she doesn’t. Each year she has a couple of three or four year old beginners. Listening to their Twinkles always makes me happy.
Emily, on the other hand, told me she would NOT be happy if I took a flash photo while she was performing. So I had to be content with one rehearsal photo and one set-up photo… I need to go through my boxes of old photos and find the ones from when Emily was a brand new Twinkler….
See Sam’s black eye? He had an amazing header in his soccer game yesterday, but then the opponent did a header right into Sam’s face.
Anyway, it was a great recital, everybody did a great job, and I think it might have even been worth all the effort… although it really wasn’t my effort… it was the kids’ daily practices and Jessica’s teaching and encouragement… I just had to show up and enjoy the results.