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Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Middle C


She just needed to find Middle C.

We arrived early at the piano recital. Her first piano recital. Nervous energy straightened her spine and made her twist the ring on her finger. "Mom," she whispered, "what if I can't find Middle C?"

Only a few people had arrived so far, so we walked to the front of the room where the imposing grand piano stood. "Which one do you think it is?" I asked. She pointed. "Can your remember where it is?" I asked. "Yes - it's just below the letter F in the name."

Her turn didn't come until far down in the program, but when it came, she walked to the front, sat down, and played flawlessly. She found Middle C. She grinned a shy half-grin of pride as she walked back to her seat.

She's not alone, I thought. We're all looking for Middle C. We all need to know where our starting point is - our point of reference. Once we figure that out, we can move forward with confidence. Once we know where our security is - our centre - we've got it made.

5 comments:

ccap said...

That picture is actually making me cry. She was so beautiful last night. So grown up and childlike all at the same time. I love that girl.

Accidental Poet said...

I spend most of A's recital beaming happily at everyone. She had four pieces to play and every time she made it to the end of one she'd get this delighted little grin that she tried to suppress ...

Linda said...

Kristen's played her first recital at barely 3. Her song consisted of one note-Middle C. For the second half of the song, somehow her finger slipped so she ended the one-note song on B. She was SOOOOO cute!

Gina said...

Great picture. You must be so proud.

Anvilcloud said...

What a neat little lesson here. Cuppa can do that -- find lessons in little events. Thanks for sharing that.