Katya has taken music lessons for almost the entire time she has been our daughter. She very quickly demonstrated a strong interest in the piano, and we were able to find a teacher who was willing to give Katya lessons. Katya IS learning, and in addition to the piano, she also is learning to play the lap harp, the ukelele and also she helps her teacher play the guitar.
So tonight, Katya's music teacher wanted to take all her students to play and sing carols at a local nursing home. We were not at all sure how it would go for Katya with going to a new place, with lots of other people she did not know well, and trying to play! But after school, we tried to explain to her that she would go to sing for "Babushkas and Dedushkas" (Grandmas and Grandpas) at a big house where they live, and then we took her to her respite provider's place (her daughters were in the program also) and then arrived a while later at the nursing home to pick her up.
Even before Katya came out the door, we could see through the glass that she seemed to be cheerful and was buzzing happily around. Sure enough! She had been very shy at first but as the walking the halls and signing and playing went on, Katya grew in confidence, and began to play a tambourine in time to the music, and then at one point also helped play the teacher's guitar. She definitely enjoyed herself, everyone told me, and clearly, she was happy when we picked her up! She was obviously shyly pleased when we talked to her about it.
So the new experience was a great success for Katya, and I feel very grateful that she had another positive new experience! These things are so important for he. They help to broaden her world, build her self-confidence, and show her that she has a niche in the world that is important.
I wish I had a photo of her, for she was so beautiful and happy, but sadly, I do not. But picture sweet Katya in your mind, and enjoy thinking of the joy she helped bring to the Grandmas and Grandpas tonight!