Once upon a time, I was a piano teacher.
I spent eight years of my life teaching a little crowd of students, and I completely loved it.
When I wasn’t teaching piano, I was practicing my own music, any spare minute I had, getting ready for my teacher’s exam.
I’ve written before about how I lost the ability to play, and for many years, I dealt with it by blocking it out of my mind. During the five years we lived at camp, I just took a break from it all. There weren’t any students to teach, and I didn’t have the strength in my arms to play, anyway.
But slowly, with time, things have been getting better, and I’m able to play a very tiny little bit.
And now we’re back in Niverville again, and I could teach if I wanted to, but I’m trying to figure out what exactly it is that I want.
In the meantime, I’ve been teaching Anika how to play piano, as well as my friend’s daughter, and it has been bringing me such immense joy.
There is just something about being able to pass on my love for this instrument to my own girl. I love it that she wants to sit down at the piano many times a day. I love seeing how quickly and easily she catches on to the new concepts I’m teaching her.
Because I blocked my love for music and playing the piano out of my life for five years, I never realized how much I want Anika to love playing.
We have friends who love biking. I have never met anyone as passionate about biking as they are. When their daughter learned to bike, it was a HUGE deal to them. I didn’t completely understand it, until Anika learned to play piano.
I think we just want to pass our joys and passions on to our kids. We want to share in things with them. It always brings me joy when our girls do well at something, or succeed at learning something new, but it’s extra special when it happens to be something we love, too.
Have you been able to pass on a skill or hobby to someone you love? Do you wish you could help someone learn something you love to do yourself? (We’re nearing the end of “35 Days of Favorites”, and anyone who comments during this series has a chance at winning a prize! )