Some times things with you and your kids seem to click. (Other times you can’t believe these are your offspring.) But when the family’s in sync it sure feels good. Such was the case tonight. Daddy’s not feeling well so he was planted on the living room couch. Downstairs I was embarking on a new adventure with Charlotte-playing the piano. That’s right. I secured movers from a music store to get the instrument from our garage to the basement last week. And though it won’t be tuned until early January, the piano is inviting us to try it. So we have been. Couldn’t resist teaching Charlotte the chord part of Heart & Soul, a song I loved to play years ago doing both parts myself or as a duet. With some number-coded pieces of tape I had her plunking out the C, A, D and G notes to accompany me quickly. Then came the moment I was reminded how the Internet has changed everything for parents. Instead of digging through buried plastic bins to uncover old music sheets… I took one minute to search ”piano notes for Jingle Bells” and voila, just prop the laptop on the top of the piano and you’re good to go. Within 30 minutes the kid was belting out the first part of it (E-E-E, E-E-E, E-G-C-D-E…) and between watching Thomas golf and shake his groove thing doing Wii Sports and Just Dance, I was able to teach her the rest. It came easy to her, actually. That was so cool to see. Took me back to my years of piano lessons and the initial awkwardness of holding your hand in the right position, then suddenly getting it. It was surreal. Watching my daughter experience the exact same emotions I did at her age. The joy of trying and instantly succeeding at something new. The peace of family harmony that can be so fleeting.
Posted under Baby Thomas: Month 54
This post was written by Tara on December 3, 2012