Playing the piano brings me pleasure, but it hasn't always been that way. My earliest memories aren’t happy ones. It wasn’t the fact that I didn’t want to learn piano, I did. It wasn’t even the practicing. It was a very strict piano teacher. While playing scales she expected her students to keep their fingers in a curled position, letting one finger drop at a time to play the note. When I forgot and let my fingers relax, she would slap the top of my hand. For someone who was a rule follower that was traumatic, plus my hand hurt a lot. Thankfully we moved and this lady wasn’t my piano teacher for very long. It has been about fifty-five years since I took lessons from her, but I still remember her name and still get a bad feeling when I pass the street she lived on. In case you’re wondering, I never told my mom about the hand slapping. I didn’t want to admit that I wasn’t following the rules! My next teacher was totally different. No more finger curling! No more slapping! And so began the years of piano lessons and practice.
Playing the piano is healing to me, both spiritually and emotionally. When I’m angry I can bang it out, when I’m sad I can quietly play or when I’m happy I can make it rock. At the beginning of 2016 I began a piano project. I was singing in church one Sunday and realized that I didn't really read the words of the hymns. I didn't think about them. I just sang them. I decided that beginning on the first of January I would read the words out loud and play two hymns each day. It has become a daily time of worship for me and an amazing journey.
I will forever be grateful that my mom wanted me learn to play the piano. I’m even grateful that she insisted I practice. I fell in love with piano music. It brings me joy. It brings me peace.
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I have two good friends, Lee and Sarah, who once a month post a favorite photo from the previous month and tell the story behind it. Sarah is now hosting a link up for others to share their stories. If you're interested here's the criteria as explained by Sarah.
All you have to do is post a favorite photo from the previous month along with a short story about it on your blog and then add your blog to the link up once it goes live. The story can be anything you want it to be: why the photo touched your heart, the process you took to take it, a funny story, a fiction story, etc. Please visit the other link up participants and spread some love.
Even if you're not interested in posting a Scene & Story, you might want to drop by Sarah's blog and read the stories that are linked there. I know for a fact that Sarah and Lee are very good writers and photographers.