Isabella has always been interested in the arts. Since birth she has loved music, art, dance, singing, and acting. She has taken lessons of all kinds. When she started showing interest in the piano I told her about the old player piano I used to pretend play as a child. I showed her on our piano how to play “Heart and Soul”. She wanted to take lessons. I signed her up.
On this particular day the lesson was beginning to use both hands at the same time. All lessons up to this point had only been with one hand. You could feel the frustration rise in the room. Piano was no longer fun or easy. It was making children angry and frustrated. As a mother who was never supposed to have children, my natural instinct is to “make it all better” for my child. I wanted to somehow fix the situation so Isabella wouldn’t be frustrated. Shelter her and save her from this upsetting time. But I couldn’t.
I love this child more than I can ever express in words. She was sitting right in front of me frustrated and I couldn’t do anything to help her. So I thought I would attempt to capture the moment and perhaps discuss it with her at a later time. I had my camera with me and decided to take her photo.
As time passed she became better at playing piano with two hands. She also started writing her own music and songs and playing them to me. I was so proud of her and how far she’d come with her piano skills. A seven year old writing her own songs. Notes and all. Amazing.
I pulled up the photo and showed it to her. I had never showed it to her before. She couldn’t believe she was that upset about something she now loved so much. She remarked, “But that’s life huh Mom?”
I would not have learned as much without the people who took the time to stop, look at my work and encourage me. I know Isabella wouldn’t have the love for music she has today, had I sheltered her and not allowed her to experience frustration.
One of life’s many lessons.