In two days it’ll be exactly one week until we graduate. Classes are all done and in my sisters cases so are exams. I only have one exam, but instead of taking it on the independent schedule, it’s scheduled for the last day of exams at 9am. But, it’s for my art history class so I need all the time I can get to study.
May has been a great month. It’s been kind of rainy lately, the sunshine makes up for it. It hasn’t been too hot or too cool, perfect weather for training. If not that, then I’ll just head to the gym for cardio and some weight lifting.
About a week ago we went home not only for Mother’s Day, but to welcome our dad home. He had been overseas since October so we decided to go home and surprise him. Unfortunately, he found out about our surprise before we made it home, but it was a great time nonetheless. I couldn’t stop smiling for a while, and it just felt good to know that he was back in the US.
We made a giant banner for him which read “Welcome Home, Dad!” (it sounded kind of wordy, but we needed four words to paint them in our colors”, and on the other side we had written, “Happy Mother’s Day!”. Both mom and dad enjoyed the banner. Mom had thought that the banner was her Mother’s Day card so she was surprised to know we had actually gotten her a card, too.
We still had two days left of school before classes officially ended with one of my days being classes, and the second day being a long day of work. I got out of my art class early, but I was more worried about my piano class. I had my presentation that day. A bright side to it was instead of performing three songs (an accompaniment, a solo, and reading off a lead sheet) we only had to do two.
For my accompaniment piece, I did the song from the video game series, Kingdom Hearts, called Traverse Town on the piano while she play the clarinet. For my solo piece, I played We Gather Together a Dutch hym I had actually learned to sing a long time ago in Lower School. My lead sheet piece was Amazing Grace, but we weren’t asked to play it. Although, out of my solo and lead sheet piece, I was the most prepared for Amazing Grace.
The class wasn’t too bad as the teacher really wants everyone to do well in the course and because you weren’t expected to do any more than to improve the skills (or lack of skills in my case) you started the class with. I was just really intimidated by being one of the two, if not the only one, people in the class who knew little to nothing about the piano or how to play it being put into a class with people who have been playing, or taking lessons, for years.
I would’ve preferred the class be split up in sections for beginner, intermediate, and advanced or something like that. I hated having to play anything out loud for the class because I knew that I wasn’t as good as them and I kept making mistakes out of my nervousness. Other than that, the class was pretty good and I did pick up on the scales pretty quickly and I did make some improvement. But, I don’t see myself taking any more piano classes unless I really have to. Luckily, there wasn’t an exam in the class, just getting through the last performance, you pass the class.
We had an interview with the Roanoke Times the other day, and now we’re just spending our free time packing and waiting for carnival day for senior week. Now I leave you with this song: