The Kids’ Annual Christmas Piano Recital is in less than 2 weeks.
Actually, it’s 9 days from now and the tension is palpable.
Zoë has decided that perhaps it’s time for her to practice the piece she’s going to be playing. And…….surprisingly — she does not know it.
So after about 30 or so very painful, discordant minutes of banging through she comes to me and declares, “OK, so since I know all of this page and pretty much all of this page (showing me the music with the wave of her hands) except for this part here (pointing to 2 measures in the middle of the song) I’ll just skip that.”
“So you’re telling me that you know the entire piece except for 2 measures?”
“Then why don’t you spend some time and LEARN the TWO measures!!!”
She huffed her disproval and returned to the piano.
About 5 minutes later she hurried through the kitchen and upstairs without a word. I realize she’d gone straight to the attic.
Me (calling up to her): ”Zoë what are you doing?”
Zoë: ”I’m making a slide.”
Zoë: ”A slide!!”
Me: ”You’re what?” Quite obviously this has nothing to do with Ding Dong! Merrily on High and the two-as-yet-to-be-learned measures and I haven’t a clue as to what she could possibly be doing.
Zoë: ”A slide!! You know that microscope and slide kit that I got for Christmas a couple of years ago? Well, I just bit a piece of the inside of my cheek so I’m going to make a slide and look at it under the microscope!”
Me: ”Well, Zoë, at least you have your priorities in order.”