momstown is thanking our moms for all the world to see, right here on momstown moments for Mother's Day. Every Sunda until Mother's Day watch for a new Mother's Day focused post.
We're tying in our thanks for the six weeks leading up to Mother's Day with our six program pillars, because we realize how much our moms really were our first early educators, and we want their lessons and gifts to live on.
We also want to hear from you! Share your 'moment of thanks' for your mom right here, and there's a $100 Indigo gift card up for grabs for one lucky commenter. All you need to do is comment on this blog with your thanks to your mom, and be sure to include your email address in your profile so we can get in touch with you. There is one gift card up for grab each week, so keep checking back to enter again.
Kicking it off this week is Ally @momstownteach. She's one of our crafty and musical mamas and her thanks to her mom this week is all about Art & Music. Here's her story:
Since I'm talking about music, I thought it only fitting that I start my thanks off with a short video of my five-year-old playing the piano:
How does this relate to thanking my mother? Well, I probably wouldn't have started my kids in piano this year had I not had such a positive experience with music myself.
I remember being six years old when a baby grand piano was wheeled into the living room. It must have been just after school because I remember standing back in awe of its size and shininess. I was told I couldn't touch it until my father got home. He was the piano player in the family, and it was his influence that brought the piano into our house.
Very shortly after, I was signed up for piano lessons and never looked back. My mother was the main caregiver in our house, and it was through her influence that I learned to really love playing. Was it because of rounds of practice time or a strict playing schedule?
No. In fact, the exact opposite.
My mom told me when I first started playing, that she was never going to insist or ask that I practice. She told me that each week, when I returned to my teacher's home for my lesson, I would be as prepared as I let myself be. It was up to me.
I really didn't like that approach, to be honest. I wanted to be 'told' and 'have' to practice. But my mom was teaching me an entirely different skill than playing piano. She was teaching me independence and responsibility, and having to own up if I didn't practice - it was all on my shoulders.
I was the only sister who got piano lessons in our house. My younger sister didn't play. This was a conscious decision on my parents' part. Her accomplishments in competitive gymnastics took up much of her time, and my mom felt like I needed to have something 'of my own' to be proud of.
And I thank her for it.
I also thank her for giving me the confidence to perform in piano recitals and festivals, and for making me feel like they were just as important as my sister's competitive gymnastics meets.
I thank her for always taking me downtown to the Royal Conservatory for my exams. I was so nervous but she always made it a special day for just the two of us.
I thank her for encouraging me to teach the neighbourhood kids - talk about a lucrative part-time job for a highschooler!
I thank her for telling me to keep at it and play in the school talent shows - where I got to accompany a now-famous Canadian singer. My piano playing also landed me a job as a waitress one summer, at a Dirty-Dancing style summer lodge where one's ability to perform in the staff variety show was higher on the resume checklist than any experience waiting tables!
And I thank her for making sure I had a piano to play when I moved to my first home. It's a bit out of tune now, but my boys are plunking out Row, Row, Row your boat and many of the same beginner songs I learned, in their first year of lessons.
Will they both continue and play their entire lives? It will be up to them. I really hope one of them will catch the bug, but I'm trying to be like my mom and take a gentle, hands-off approach so if they embrace it, it will be something they feel is truly their decision.
So, thanks, mom. I know you never played a note in your life but you made it possible for me to have the joy of playing throughout mine. XO XO.
Did your mom play a key role in your love of Art & Music? Comment here!