Tuesday, February 7, 2012

quiet confidence

Recital!
 Last night my daughter sat in the spotlight, calm and poised, and played flawlessly at her second piano recital. She is, by nature, quiet and shy in public. It was a monumental moment of growth for her. "I didn't even shake this time... it was easy!" Wow... hearing those words pour out of her beaming mouth was blissful. I want her to grow up to feel powerful and confident... brave and strong... beautiful and unique. During her evening performance she embodied all of those qualities at once. She's only seven. How I wish I could bottle it all up for the future, when life gets more complicated.  But we can't do that, can we? Parenting is tricky business. Guiding and watching, we find our way too... right alongside our children. Sometimes we are the teachers, more often than not it is they who show us the way. Pin It

20 comments:

  1. Congratulations to her, and I LOVE this shot, so dreamy.

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  2. This is such a lovely piece.
    Lise-Lotte

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  3. Felicidades! que maravilla de hija!

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  4. Oh piano! How I wanted to learn to play as a child. I was not afforded that opportunity. Next year my girls are going to take lessons. I can't wait.

    Good job Mama!

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  5. What a special moment you should be very very proud.

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  6. That's awesome - it's my wish for my girls, too. Confidence.

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  7. Bravo! Children teach us much more than we know.

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  8. Oh, how wonderful! My seven-year-old son just started piano lessons, and is going to be in his first recital in a few months. He is also shy, and easily embarrassed. I hope his experience is as successful. :)

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  9. She does look very confident! That perfect posture says it all!

    Coincidentally my 5 year old started piano lessons today! (In case your wondering, we were able to find a great piano for a wonderful price! If we hadn't I was totally going to search for someone that needed a piano sitter- like you suggested.)

    Anyhow, he'd been looking forward to it. He liked it. We'll see if he keeps it up.

    BTW- I also mentioned you today in my blog!

    xxx

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  10. Oh i wish i could access to my computer to share pretty much the same exact picture of my daughter two year ago and last year at her yearly piano recital. I remember having tears to my eyes when she sat took a deep breath and played. It was magical. She made no mistake. She did remember to bow at the end in spite of he stage fright she had. I like the title of this post " quiet confidence". It is exactly what it is . Thank you.

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  11. Here's a wonderful article on introverts that really spoke to me. I felt it spoke up for those who don't need lots of stimulation, but rather who focus more on their own power to create; thought you might like it:
    http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=the-power-of-introverts

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  12. what a beautiful picture...yay for her!!!

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  13. I can almost hear her lovely playing coming through the computer :). It's a beautiful shot of the special moment.

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  14. This is beautiful and your mama pride and love is contagious.
    xoxox

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  15. lovely, lovely photo.
    and the words too...i also find my children teaching me so many wonderful things...almost daily...

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  16. A little girl on a big stage. What is she playing?

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  17. You must be so proud of her! Your photograph captured the moment so perfectly.
    My daughter had her first piano recital at Christmas, I'll never forget it!
    xoxo
    ~ joey ~

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