Have you ever said this to your child when practicing: "You'll thank me someday!" Or maybe you just mumble to yourself, "I hope she thanks me someday." Perhaps it's just a thought in your head that "someday she'll thank me for all of this." I know that sometimes I wonder why I do all of this. Practicing with a child is hard and sometimes not fun. We, as adults, know the benefit and that is why we push our children to do music even though it's hard.
Today, because of Mother's Day, I would like to thank my own mother for making me stick with the violin. I don't know if I've ever thanked her for the hours of practicing when I was a child and for waking up early once a week until I could drive to take me to lessons before school. I know I've never thanked her for the money she spent on lessons and for the two violins she bought me which I still use as a teacher. I've never taken the time to tell her how much music means to me in my life and how grateful I am to have this gift that I can share with other people. This isn't something I could have done on my own, but only with her help throughout my childhood. I realize now that she wasn't trying to bug me when she wanted me to play all the time for my grandparents, but was proud of my playing and wanted others to see it. She supports me now as a teacher and a mother and comes to my student's recitals and my children's recitals. She has made a huge impact on my life and in turn has influenced my children's lives and also the lives of all of my students.