Daily Archives: November 17, 2005


I have to take a moment tonight and praise my piano students. We had our piano recital this evening (we have two a year) and everyone did so well. I always get so nervous for all of them, wanting them to do their best. It feels so good to work hard for something and then have it turn out well. So I was so pleased when all my students did an outstanding job. No one was perfect (are we ever?) but the mistakes were minimal and they really sounded polished. I was really proud of them. I have had recitals that haven’t come out this good, but tonight was just awesome. We had everything from My daughter Dorothy plunking out a few simple notes to Scott Joplin and Aaron Coplin. The wide range made it especially fun. I know I am not supposed to have favorites as a teacher, but my two favorite kids (Lizard and Dot of course 🙂 ) did really well too. I could tell that Dot especially was nervous but she just plowed right through her little piece. You go girl. And Lizard held hers together really well too. It wasn’t Carnegie Hall, and we definitely aren’t concert pianists, but we love music and had a lot of fun. ( I must say, it is a big relief to have it over though)

One more thing . . in a strange twist of fates . . .

A lady from church came to visit yesterday and told me she was looking for a home for her two girl cockatiels and was wondering if we would like them. The strange part? She didn’t know that Pepe had just died. Of course I said yes and she will bring them tomorrow. I haven’t told the kids yet, they will be so excited. So, I am collecting name ideas. Some kind of dynamic girl duo. I’ll even post their pictures when they come, since you all never got to meet Pepe. *sniff* 🙂


Filed under Dot, Family, Lizy, Music


Emily is sick. She came out last Friday after her nap breathing like Darth Vader. I was tempted to have her go up to Paul and say “Dad, I am your daughter,” in her Darth Vadery voice. But I forgot. Lost the moment. Lost moments are a terrible thing. I was walking the girls to school the other day and it had been a hard morning. They were running ahead and I stopped to talk to the crossing guard for a moment. By the time we got to school they were way far ahead and there was no calling them back. No hugs, no kisses. Just cute little pigtails bouncing in the breaze and a lost moment. I try not to loose too many, but a few are inevitable.

So, Carpe Diem! Seize the day! Live life to the fullest and create lots of memories and fun moments. And laugh and giggle lots. 🙂


Filed under Children, Parenting, Philosophy