Oh my! I have trimmed the tree and decked the halls and dealt with all manner of Fa-la-la-la-la this past weekend. Frankly I don’t have a witty word or an elegant phrase to share. But, I do have a daughter willing to share a peek into one of her practice sessions.
Lydia (13) has played the harp since age 8. She began on a lever harp and graduated to a full Concert Grande pedal harp at age 10. Lydia loves to share the gift of music and finds performing a joy. She performs regularly at church and local functions. This Saturday she will share her gift of “O Holy Night” and “Silent Night” with those attending the Ladies Christmas Tea at our church.
My quiet, reserved young teenager has always been happy to go her own way and do her own thing. While others race around trimming the tree, she can be found quietly reading or penning her latest work. Her self-confidence and relaxed manner rarely leave her feeling anything but calm. While Rachel clamors to put something on the blog, Lydia shrugs and agrees to think about it.
Lydia arrived one day after her due date, while all my other children arrived a week or more early. She has always set her own pace and floats through life in an unruffled manner that some of us more “hurried” types envy. We have always referred to her as our “Faerie Child” for her love of nature, beauty, poetry, and music. Her differences from others have never caused her alarm. Her self-confidence has been high from the start. We laughingly recall when in a moment of frustration Elizabeth blurted out, “You’re not the favorite of the whole family, you know!” To which Lydia, then aged four, calmly replied, “I’m not? Then who is?”
Without further ado, I present a peek into Lydia’s latest practice session:
AN ETUDE (Fancy way to say study/exercise)
I hope to have "O Holy Night" posted later this week. That's MY favorite!!! ; )