An Awesome Week - Hardwork Conquers allSaturday, April 25, 2009
A week of family time, awards, medals, recognition and just an awesome week all together!
I have so many things to share but there’s just not enough time.
So hopefully a few words, pictures and videos can show you highlights of how hard work conquers all!
My 13yo teaches piano lessons to children age 7-12. His studio, KIDZZ Piano Studio, currently has 11 students including his younger brother. The toughest thing he has to do is to teach his own younger brother. (I had to be the referee in some cases). But with just four lessons, my 8yo was able to perform at today’s recital. At the recital, it was nice to hear my 13yo introduced my 8yo as:
“My next student looks just like me….It’s nice to have another brother I can play the piano and music with”.
My 13yo wrote in today’s program:
“Teaching piano is one of the greatest things I have done. Watching the kids develop in their musical life is just fascinating.”
All children performed an amazing job. We held the recital in our Community Center’s auditorium. I’m so proud of them after hearing the children come to lessons every week.
My 13yo ran the show from beginning to the end. Before the distribution of ribbon, certificates and awards, my son paused and said,
“Before we continue, I would like to say thank you to my mom.”
Right then, I started crying. I kept gesturing him to stop. But of course he continued to speak and gave me the best award a mother can ever receive. (I didn’t stop crying - I was so happy that tears just kept pouring no matter how hard I tried to stop!)
Part of my 13yo’s studio’s mission is not only to teach kids how to enjoy music but also to make a difference no matter how small it is. All the children brought in canned goods to donate to our town’s Family Care Center.
Today’s events made me miss my parents and brothers more. They would have loved to witness their grandsons/nephews performed. I love music. Growing up in the Philippines, I remember my parents, my 5 brothers and I singing-along almost every week. I still remember during “brown-outs”, my Dad would play “boogie” (piano) while we all danced and sang-a-long to the tune. And back then in the Philippines, it seemed like there were “brown-outs” and “black-outs” every week.
Today was one of the gorgeous spring-summery days we’ve had. Mom and Dad (my husband’s parents) arrived yesterday from Florida. We are all excited to have them back especially after Dad’s heart attack. It's tough on anyone to be away from their loved ones!
Earlier this morning, my 8yo and I participated in the school-sponsored one-mile Fun-Race. Every morning, my son and I walked to school (my son actually sprints to school while I try to catch-up and yelling, “Josh, wait for me!”).
Today, all that hard work paved off! As they announced my son’s name as the bronze medalist in his age category, my neighbors cheered “That kid has been running to school ever since we can remember! Hurray! Hurray!” Oh, I wished I can capture the pride in my son's face. He was shy yet proud of his achievement.
There are more exciting events to share but I have to get to bed. We’re headed to a BatMitzvah tomorrow. We already missed the Friday and Saturday celebration which I heard were just beautiful! (I’m sure I’ll be sharing that by next wek..)
Let me leave you with some quotes from the children on how they feel about music:
Have a great week!