Ring the School Bell 18/180- Once upon a Betsy Ross Spinet piano

The old Betsy Ross Spinet piano that inspired musicality in our family

            Melissa and Sabrina have been taking piano lessons for years.  We would not have been able to finance this artistic endeavor had they gone to private school, so I count it as a welcomed blessing. Sarah had the same opportunity, but after cowering under her desk several weeks in a row in order to avoid the piano instructor summoning her “next victim” (seriously), I thought I might have a little talk with Sarah.  It just wasn’t her thing, and she was absolutely positive that she would rather pursue a different artistic avenue.  It was a very clear message that I thought wise to heed.  And it proved the right thing to do. She developed a keen sketching and painting ability, as well as a magnificent talent in creating sculptures.  She eventually won many art category sweepstakes at the county fair and worked on the main props for a Beauty and the Beast production at a local high school.  I am so glad I didn’t push her.

Melissa’s early years of piano (2009) – She can’t even reach the floor!

          Sabrina needs to choose piano pieces for the aforementioned music auditions.  The internet proved to be an invaluable resource for screening of possible pieces. Sabrina finally settled on two. To the astonishment of Marianna, her beloved instructor, these were the same 2 pieces Marianna had selected numerous years ago when she auditioned in Russia to gain entrance into an American school!  It was totally unexpected.  We were all quite moved emotionally at this discovery.

An early recital in a Parks&Rec basketball gym (2009)

          I have no idea how the 6 universities Sabrina is applying to, view homeschooling.  I hope they will take our college applications seriously.  These are uncharted waters for me and I imagine many schools as well.  I do have a bit of anxiety about this as my homeschool colleagues don’t have many older kids yet that have forged the way for the rest of us.  I finished off the day with an errand to Smart and Final, where I picked up 50 hamburger patties and as many hot dogs for a homeschool kick-off pool party at Veronique’s.  The cashier didn’t know how to process my check.  It’s like he had never seen one before.  This also happened at Walmart just the other day.  I guess I am a step behind technology on this one.  I am not that keen on whipping out the debit card for everything.

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** Note to the Reader- Today’s narrative is part of our family’s school journey from a few years ago, during my eldest daughter’s senior year in high school, a rather emotional year, with its many ups and downs.  Every day’s blog entry coincides with a day from that special year.  It can be read from the beginning by selecting the “Ring the School Bell 180” category on the side bar.  Commence with the narrative, “The School Bell- What comes to mind when ‘you’ hear that bell?” and follow along with us day-by-day through the school year.  Hope you will join us!

May God shower blessings on your family as he has on mine.    Annette



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