Sunday, March 20, 2016

The Symphony with Number 3

Two years ago, Eliza's main Christmas gift was a date a month for a year.  It was one of the best things we ever did--considered so by both the young lady and her parents!  As Christmas got closer and closer this year, we were struggling with what to get my Camilla.  We finally remembered the dates idea and decided to give it another go.
It is a tricky present to give because it is anti-climactic.  Both times the gifts were given to 12 year old girls, so they were mature enough to be patient in letting the gift come bit by bit.  It is exciting to look forward to the one-on-one time with Camilla. Since each date we've picked is something she would enjoy, the anticipation is part of the fun.

Cool, old building.  Symphony!
For the month of March, we went to the symphony.  Camilla has always loved the violin.  Unfortunately, I haven't been able to find an affordable teacher for a beginner near us.  She is learning music on the piano until we can transition to violin, which is fine for now, but her first love is violin.
Last night's guest artist was a violinist. 
(If you live near me, the Spokane Symphony has a very affordable family ticket deal.  
You have to call to get it.)

Don't worry, I snapped this before the concert started.

The evening's music was really marvelous, but the best comment I received was as follows:
"You know, Mom.  We listen to classical music all the time at home.  You just turn on the radio and there it is.  You don't really realize that they are real people playing the instruments.  Coming here, though, you can see their fingers moving, and watch their faces and expressions. You can feel the music with your whole body, so even though we're listening to the same music that's on the radio, it isn't like we're just listening; 
it is more like we are participating in the music."

Ta-da! Just like that, she expressed the reason for concerts.

It is a fairly long drive to get from downtown to our woodland cottage, but the drive is part of the date.  It is so nice to be able to take the time with just the one, to make a memory and to get to know her as she is today.  I have to do that, you know, because she continues to change every day.

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