Sunday, August 2, 2015

The Violinist

Katherine played her violin in church this morning. She was more nervous about performing than she has been in the past. She asked for extra lessons and carefully considered what she would wear. Last night she even asked to try a new hairstyle, some sort of fancy updo. After years of refusing any style but a ponytail, this was a surprise! And this morning she even humored me by posing for a photos, something she has rarely tolerated this past year.

When we went outside and she turned toward the camera, I was struck by how grown up she has suddenly become. And how lovely.
 She is a different girl than she was even a year ago.
 She's more confident, more settled.
In the shift from little girlhood to something more like a teen, she's also become more introspective, more intellectual, and is developing a wicked sense of humor.

I rather like this new tween version Katherine. She's usually a lot of fun to be around! And she plays beautiful music...
She has been working all summer on her piece for this performance. She played the Theme from Schindler's List, which is mournful and aching and absolutely gorgeous.
It's a difficult piece, with lots of complicated bowing.
She didn't think she played well, but then, she's her own worst critic. I pointed out that the vast majority of her audience would never consider standing up in front of a crowd to perform anything. And I reminded her of what my friend calls The Miracle of the First Pew - no matter how much you know you've messed up, the adoring congregation will hear only beautiful music played perfectly.
For me, watching my beautiful, brave, and talented girl playing her best makes my heart swell to bursting.

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