I received an Amazon gift card,
a bouquet of flowers arranged by an eight-year old girl,
and a bag containing several of my ultimate favorite things, as well as a couple of the giver's ultimate favorite things, which I just might consider adding to my list.
Notice the beautiful card to the right of all the goodies, signed by my two students as well as their mother, who also wrote me one of the most beautiful notes I have ever received. It turns out this woman reads my blog regularly - how else would she know about my ultimate favorite things? - and finds it personally inspiring. She thanked me for my work with her children as well as for writing this blog, and wished me the best of success as an author, as well. It was all I could do not to cry. Since children aren't usually comfortable with tears, even happy ones, I smiled and gave hugs all around instead. But I was deeply moved.
The card is sitting on top of my writing desk now; when I am having a rough day, feeling overwhelmed and discouraged, or simply having trouble tracking down my muses, I will pick it up and savor those encouraging words once again.
It is always good to touch base with my students after the recital is over, to congratulate them on a job well done, and to remind them to sit down and play for a few minutes at least two or three times a week over summer vacation. Music is like math, I say. If you don't use it, you will forget. Hopefully at least a few of them will heed my advice.
Everybody gets a break until after July 4th; just a handful of students are opting for lessons during the month of July. But we will hit it hard again after school resumes in August. Then it will be time for another batch of New Year's Resolutions. A fresh start. A new beginning.
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It's Friday Show and Tell at Writers Li.P.P. I hope you'll stop by and see what Lindy and I have to share with you!