It is so fun for me to hang out with some of my favorite people every week and help them cultivate a love of music. Aunt Jo takes Ellie for me, and E loves to play and play at their house. (Except she has a weird fascination with Jacob. She just stares at him - but she plays with everyone else!). Yesterday was our annual recital, and we are done until at least September. Jo and Ann are trying their best to talk me into continuing another year (and I probably will).
I was feeling very nostalgic yesterday while listening to everyone perform. I have been a piano teacher since I was 16, and it is an integral part of my identity. And yet, as much as I love it, I love being with Ellie more. For years, my piano kids were my surrogate children. And even though I "kicked out" 75% of my studio after Ellie joined our family, I just couldn't bring myself to give it up entirely.
The nostalgia came in realizing that McKinzie, Zack, & Syreese, and Tyler, Sadie, & Madelin won't be coming over regularly for at least 3.5 months. I have been teaching Kinz piano since she was in kindergarten, and she is in 9th grade now. I have seen her almost every week for 10 years. I can't go for 10 weeks without seeing her (and of course her brother and sister). We are going to have to get together this summer just to hang out.
Jace and Cassie joined us for the recital, and Rachel has been teaching them well! They had really fun songs to add to the mix. Since we are a small group, Ann and Kent graciously agreed to host the recital at their house. It was a great day, and made even better because I handed out lots of gold cups. That represents a lot of hard work at Festivals for the past 3 years for Cassie, Tyler, and Sadie, and 6 years of work for Zack. Way to go!