Hazel had her first piano recital last spring. She played three songs. She didn't get one tiny bit nervous (man, I remember shaking so much during piano recitals that I couldn't press my wobbling foot down on the pedal). Before the recital Jeff told her that she should sit at the piano bench and take a deep breath and think before starting to play. He also told her that one big mistake kids make when they're nervous is plowing through their songs too fast.
Hazel took both of these suggestions to heart (they did, of course, come from her beloved dad). She sat at the bench and took a full 30 seconds, maybe even a minute before starting to play. She put her hands up on the keys and played each song very slowly.....but pretty perfectly.
She was pleased as punch.
I'm hoping that this is just the beginning of a great love for piano and performing......I keep having visions of little Hazel as a teenager playing Mozart's piano concerto in E flat with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. I know, that's a bit far fetched....especially because she and I can scarcely get through a little dinky duet without arguing.....but I can dream, right?