I cannot let the week end without noting Julia’s doings.
When bad things happen it is easy to dwell on them, to obsess, to perseverate, to take the moment of the undesired happening and stretch it thin to see all of the possible consequences. I do all of that. And, close to relentlessly, worry. And I am quite the expert at that.
But when good things happen, I find I breathe them in and then let them flutter away. Sometimes I don’t even note them. Sometimes I note them, even write about them and then quickly forget them. I expect that this is a common phenomenon that needs changing. At least, in my life.
Julia had her first recital with her Berklee cello teacher on Sunday. She played Minute No. 3 by JS Bach, the fourth piece in the Suzuki 2 book. The first half is in first position; after the repeat, the second half switches from first to second positions. This piece has been a challenge for her. She has gotten through it with repeats close to perfectly, but not consistently. Sometimes the second position trips her up, sometimes the bowing. Added to this, she played it as a duet with another student on the piano. They practiced on two Saturdays during her lesson. Last Saturday during lesson, I sat with Julia as she played, and Miles, the teacher, sat with the piano player. To say it was a work in progress was quite generous.
Still, this piece represents an incredible effort on her part.