Sunday, December 17, 2006

Piano Lessons

Bee started taking piano lessons last spring, and loves to play her favorite songs over and over, (one time as fast as she can, the next time really slow).
Her brother has music in his soul (he's always humming quietly to himself), but he's never shown any interest in learning an instrument. Until last week, that is, when he asked Bee to teach him how to play the piano.

They spent almost two hours that day working on the first two songs in her lesson book. I was stunned by her patience, and he was thrilled to be getting so much attention from his big sister. The next day, while she was away at a class, he decided to learn one of her favorite songs. He worked on it steadily for about an hour and a half (with a little help reading the music from me - I played the guitar and clarinet in my "youth"), and by the time she got home, he could play it no problem. I think he may have found himself an instrument!
While they were practicing the other day, I peeked into the room and saw her playing the piano, with him beside her resting his head on her shoulder. Trust me, they can fight like you wouldn't believe (especially now that she's maturing and he's, well, a typical 7 year old boy), but I think the bond they share will serve them well throughout their lives.

3 comments:

Debbie said...

I can relate to this story with my children. My son is 8 and my daughter is 6. They can argue - oh man they can argue, but they also have such sweet moments or even hours together.

Cheryl said...

I guess that helps make the sweet moments even sweeter!

Searching For a Meaning said...

Such a wonderful story (with a tear in my eye).

Perhaps the piano - had a part to play in it?

A wonderful choice of musical instrument.

Every good wishes from Scotland.