image: my sister playing the piano with her husband and child listening; from martha0stout’s phone
Practice makes progress. –my nephew’s t-shirt
Years passed, she grew her hair out, cut it off, bleached it and dyed it kelly green. The coloring grew out and she walked down the aisle of folding chairs towards a stage where she smiled and shook hands with her former principal and received the piece of rolled up paper that she’d worked long and hard to gain.
She applied for university and received admittance. Long days and even longer nights were spent in study and practice.
So much practice.
“Why did I decide to go into Music Education and become a band director again?”
Her roommate shrugged as she flipped another page in her textbook, “You know, I can’t remember. Probably because, out of all of your siblings, you were one of the few who loved learning instruments so much that you went from the piano to the violin to the cello to percussion and at that point, you might have wondered, ‘Well, why not learn them all?'”
This story is based on one of my sisters who did indeed learn most of the instruments that are spread throughout my family rather than just one or two like the rest of us. (She also did that thing with her hair, though I have no idea how it ended up in here.)
This was inspired by this month’s Eclectic Corner #13: Loyalty and yes, I did all three parts of the challenge at once again because that just seems to work best for me at the moment.
True courage is standing up for what you believe in, even if it means laying down your life.
True love is choosing the welfare and well-being of others before you take care for your own life.
One little boy tried his best to stand between his sister and the person who would hurt her. I know that many little boys and little girls do this often for their siblings, for their friends, for the people that they care about. For many it is standing by the side of that person when they are being bullied or made fun of or being left out.
This was not the case for this little boy. He gave his life defending his sister from a fate that I would not wish on any.
I salute you, Martin Cobb. You will be missed by a world that had just discovered you.
And the Kind shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. -(Matthew 25: 40)
…and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it. -(Matthew 10:39)