Moments that I sincerely cherish. When out of the blue, one of them just serves the other. Zienne has been learning the uke because she looks up to Emma + Emma taught her a few chords. Today, while waiting for Emma during violin lessons, we stayed outside and Zienne started teaching Elle. My girls are natural teachers.
We’re so proud of Emma for being one of the featured duets in her spring concert. Even more so, we’re proud of the courage she overcame, bringing her talents to a new School, where the pool of musicians really challenged her to become better as well. She mustered up the strength to become friends with her musical peers, be noticed by her teachers, show everyone her passion for music, and tackle challenging music to perform. The concert was also a personal treat for me since her chamber orchestra played Dvorak’s heartbreaking Cavatina, and the 7/8th graders played Mozart’s heart racing Amadeus- first introduced to me back in high school when the movie came out + I became obsessed with the soundtrack.
Our beloved Zienne turns 9 today. ? It’s funny; the moment I first laid my eyes upon her, my mind automatically raced to the future, and in a millisecond, I wondered what her smile will look like, how her voice will sound like, what idiosyncrasies will she develop. Then when she gets older, I forcibly make my mind focus only on the moments of her birth, longing to remember her scent, the tiny coos of unfamiliarity, her confused gazes to the world around around her, and the small changes of her visage. We have come to NINE, + as much as I go back to her birth day, I look at who she is now and rejoice. Zienne is my little budding perfectionist- in school, in music, in learning new skills- she chases after things with fervor. Her resolve is so admirable. But what I love most this year is Zienne’s growth in opening up. Zi is more reserved, observant and analytical. But this year, her mind is starting to verbalize how she makes sense of her world through her feelings, and I love the new dimensions in our dialogue, a deeper understanding of how she processes things and how […]
So proud of Emma for committing her time + adding to her tight schedule to join in her middle school musical. I don’t remember being so brave when I was her age, but she got out of her comfort zone to join her first musical. We’re super proud of her resolve to conquer fears, try something new, + pave the way for her sisters. Staying late in school every day for practices, finishing her homework so she can get to sleep on time, maintaining her grades in her core subjects, + practicing her violin everyday for lessons and groups, have not been easy. Great job, Em. I hope this experience continues to build your confidence, and extend your tribe within the things you love. PS. Emma’s only part of the ensemble in her musical. I asked Perze to buy simple flowers to give her after opening night, and he came home with 2 dozen white roses.