MIAGD: Make it a great day
Last night I decided to turn off my alarm since I didn’t need to teach class Monday morning and finally, at 8:15 AM, four dogs, eager to meet the day, tackled me with kisses, wiggles, and hopping about the bed.
I wish I could have bottled their energy.
The 57F temperature is only expected to climb to 63F and the rain I thought had finally taken off last evening, apparently returned for one last hurrah sometime through the night. The remainder of this week is projected to gradually climb back to the 80s by the weekend.
Last night, I was working with a piano student on Johann Friedrich BURGMÜLLER (1806-1874): Ballade, Op. 100, No. 15. I had played this thrilling piece many, many years ago and love introducing it to students.
As my student and I walked through the first page, we discussed fingerings, I showed him an alternate fingering for two measures that my teacher had shown me many years ago. The student examined the measures and said, “But I could also do this fingering in addition.”
It was a neat addition to the fingering pattern I had known for so many years. I was excited for several reasons: there are now three generations involved in this particular process, and as Oscar Hammerstein II wrote in his lyrics for THE KING AND I, “If you become a teacher, by your pupils you’ll be taught.”
It was another meaningful moment of experiencing the process of sharing and continuing to be a pupil, myself.
Right now, I am in my study with the heater turned on. Chief and Erma are nearby, gathering some of the warmth.
Mother and I have finished playing phone tag and have begun our conversation on speaker phone. Erma, unaccustomed to me talking on the phone, is having difficulty understanding from where the other voice is coming and growls each time Mother speaks.
And as I close, the sun is making its first appearance in The Miami Valley since last Thursday afternoon. What a welcome site!
On with the day. Make it a great day!