If you look back on the blog, you can read about "The Happiest day in Mary's life." The reason for her happiness? She got her violin, something she had only dreamed about since she was 4. Mary has been practicing and working hard for a year and a half now.
All that practice paid off this past weekend. She performed in her very first recital! She has been looking forward to this ever since her teacher first told us about it back in February.
She played a solo piece as well as performed in a group, which she really enjoyed. It made her little violin sound big when she got to play with 25 other violinists.
When I use to play my flute in things like this, I can remember my mom being nervous as a cat. I think she truely was more nervous than I ever was. I now know the feeling! I sat there with my stomach in knots while Joel made check marks on his program next to each child who just finished performing, and my mom counting how many left until Mary. She was almost last, which just added to my nervousness. I looked over at her, thinking, surely! she must be feeling the same way. Nope. She was cool as a cucumber, just enjoying listening to the other children play. When it came time for her to take the stage, I about killed over with a heart attack. She bravely walked up there, and began playing. Mary has this cute, little way about playing. She will begin playing and not long into the song, she'll look around the room at people. Usually, it will throw her off. I made sure to tell her to concentrate on her fingering while she was playing. About half way through her violin piece, her eyes glanced up and she began looking around the room. Then, she caught Grammie's eyes. She smiled so big, while her little fingers continued playing. It was so cute, and she played it perfectly! She took a quick, awkward bow, just as her teacher had taught her to do, and off the stage she went. Joel, my mom and I all let out a sigh of relief.
Good girl, Mary! We're so proud of you! You played wonderful, but even more admirable than playing a perfect song, was your sweet testimony which sang even louder. What a precious gift you are to your Daddy and I!
We love you, Sweetheart!