It’s easy to just get wrapped up and never move past. When I thought she would back away, she walked forward. growing through her struggles, confusion, uncertainty, and the moments of bliss as she experiences the natural occurrences that I experience as I begin my journey in adulthood.
Not that she doesn’t get nervous when competing, it’s just that the nerves don’t show. Francis Poulenc’s sonata 1st movement was the piece my teen chose to perform at this year’s Central Oregon District Solo Ensemble over a week ago. It didn’t matter that she came down with runny nose, cough, and sore throat–hours before her performance–or who’s in the judging room, she just played her heart out. Everyone there heard her expressive tone and musical phrasing. So did the adjudicator. As first runner-up, she and her band-mate Nick Loeffler–who took first place–are advancing to compete at state level next month at Lewis & Clark. Her improvement in rhythm, technique, and articulation has given her a great set of new tools in her musical arsenal. Her mentor Pam Hughes feels she is on the verge of going up another entire level. I am a proud mother who couldn’t help but share the admiration for my daughter.
Between yesterday and today, I saw the strongest winds in months, with gusts in the 45-50 mph. Good thing hubby took care of trucking the girls to classes and practices…so I could just curl up with my woolly blanket, a big ‘ol bowl of comfort food, soothing music, and knit a little. I decided to scratch the stripes for now but added lace element to front panels. I like what I see so far.
With good intention…reading just wasn’t an option as my vision is still bothering me today. No worry. Tomorrow will be a better day. I just feel it.
Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!
(still doesn’t do texting, MySpace, Twitter, StumbleUpon, DiggIt…but caved into Facebook!)