We women have a lot to learn about simplifying our lives. We have to decide what is important and then move along at a pace that is comfortable for us. We have to develop the maturity to stop trying to prove something. We have to learn to be content with what we are." ~Marjorie Pay Hinckley~

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Sunday, July 29, 2012

"Look Mama! Jon Schmidt!"

It has been about 9 years since I've lived anywhere with constant access to a piano in the house (minus that stint during the Bell's Tonga Research Trip where we babysat the digital keyboard and my baby fell asleep to Beethoven- and we bonded over Moonlight Sonata). Now, after all this time, my fingers had to relearn that piece and I've even busted out "Dozen a Day" exercise books to improve my fingering. Let's face it. I only has lessons for a year or so there, and have really only improved in the "having guts to play" department, since I was often the only one who could play at all for a couple congregations in Germany. So I sight read better. Better, I said. Not well. Just better. So when I can do something with ease on Friday that proved difficult to do the previous Monday, I am grateful again for having a family piano with some personality. Like the E down there on the bottom that has a gutteral clang to it that makes Lukas bust into pieces with laughter. (I don't want him to grow up too privileged after all, right?)

My favorite moments are when he is done with dinner, and wants to get cleaned up so he can play. Or when he'll sit there and tinkle the ivories while singing out "Ich liebe Jesus, und der Heilige Geist", or when he and his cousin Michael dance around the livingroom in circles before bedtime to "Moonlight Sonata" with the energy and expression of ballet dancers.

Thank you Jesus and Jon Schmidt and Ludwig for this kind of inspiration.

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