I got my hug from Ava this afternoon!

@TheHorse (209846)
Walnut Creek, California
May 24, 2024 7:44pm CST
Ava is my piano student who didn't give me a hug after that one lesson (about two months ago) where she was almost in tears. I think she was feeling too much pressure from me and her daddy. I got back on track, teaching her with a mixture of letters and "grown-up" notes every since. She looks happy, and I have gotten my hugs after each lesson since that fateful day. Today I taught her to play Mary Had a Little Lamb with both hands. I wrote a harmony part for the left hand that sounds really pretty. She was delighted with it and played it several times. Today's lesson was a make-up for when I was in Chicago and had to miss our Saturday lesson. I will see Ava again tomorrow. I wonder if she will get to practice tonight. Do you think she will?
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@JudyEv (329770)
• Rockingham, Australia
25 May
That's great you got your hug. I often had to make up lessons for various reasons.
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@vandana7 (99524)
• India
25 May
He should have been punished more, I felt.
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@TheHorse (209846)
• Walnut Creek, California
25 May
As a teacher? Or student?
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@JudyEv (329770)
• Rockingham, Australia
25 May
@TheHorse As a teacher. You didn't miss too many lessons when your teacher is a strict, if nice, nun.
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@kaylachan (61097)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
25 May
If she enjoyed it as much as you say, I am sure she will.
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@vandana7 (99524)
• India
25 May
She pitied him.
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@jstory07 (134987)
• Roseburg, Oregon
25 May
@vandana7 She probably did.
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@TheHorse (209846)
• Walnut Creek, California
25 May
I will report back.
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@kareng (57062)
• United States
25 May
I bet she does practice and show off playing her new song for her family!
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@kareng (57062)
• United States
26 May
@TheHorse And the verdict is....???
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@TheHorse (209846)
• Walnut Creek, California
26 May
@kareng Heh. She lost the piece of paper we wrote it on! Her dad said she was desperate looking for it. But she rallied for our lesson. I rewrote our piece, and we worked on it, as well as other stuff.
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@TheHorse (209846)
• Walnut Creek, California
25 May
We shall see!
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@Tampa_girl7 (49480)
• United States
25 May
I’m glad that you got your hug.
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@TheHorse (209846)
• Walnut Creek, California
25 May
I am glad she was happy wit her lesson. And herself.
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• Defuniak Springs, Florida
25 May
How old is Ava? How long have you been teaching her?
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@TheHorse (209846)
• Walnut Creek, California
25 May
She is eight now. I have been teaching her for a few months.
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@TheHorse (209846)
• Walnut Creek, California
25 May
@thislittlepennyearns She can be a bit of a perfectionist.
• Defuniak Springs, Florida
25 May
@TheHorse A very good age. And explains the emotions.
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@MarieCoyle (31226)
25 May
Those children are so lucky to have you for their teacher, you put your entire heart and soul into your work. Proud of you, friend.
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@vandana7 (99524)
• India
25 May
Children don't complain much about teachers who don't bathe for most of the month.
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@TheHorse (209846)
• Walnut Creek, California
25 May
I kindo like music.
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@vandana7 (99524)
• India
25 May
You are mean. Putting little kids under pressure is soooooooooooooooo bad... So glad she showed you she was not pleased back then. Hope you learned to behave yourself. Kidding. Glad she has come around. I have a few English doubts in Judy Evans posts. Should I ask you here?
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@vandana7 (99524)
• India
25 May
@TheHorse "has had major heart surgery" or "has had A major heart surgery"
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@TheHorse (209846)
• Walnut Creek, California
25 May
What will you ask me. I never fully trust the English of people who are worried about falling off of the earth and into the sky.
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@jstory07 (134987)
• Roseburg, Oregon
25 May
She might depending how busy she is.
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@vandana7 (99524)
• India
25 May
You mean to say, she did it mechanically? Evil Grin. You just destroyed Pony's bright moment. LOL
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@vandana7 (99524)
• India
26 May
@TheHorse I meant the hug was given mechanically - Sigh...you just proved you are an American, and a former blond....I don't need any more proof...Evil Grin.
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@TheHorse (209846)
• Walnut Creek, California
26 May
@vandana7 I encourage my kids to pay a piece as close to "right" as they can, and then to be "creative" on the side.
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@LeaPea2417 (36857)
• Toccoa, Georgia
25 May
That's sweet that she hugged you.
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@LeaPea2417 (36857)
• Toccoa, Georgia
26 May
@TheHorse sweet
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@TheHorse (209846)
• Walnut Creek, California
26 May
When she is happy, I get a hug after each lesson.
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@TheHorse (209846)
• Walnut Creek, California
26 May
@LeaPea2417 I am practicing Carol of the Bells this afternoon. I am going to teach it to her and several other students.
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@LadyDuck (464126)
• Switzerland
25 May
May be she will practice. I am glad she enjoying again her lessons.
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@LadyDuck (464126)
• Switzerland
25 May
@TheHorse I am sure it's a lot more relaxing.
@TheHorse (209846)
• Walnut Creek, California
25 May
Fun for me too.
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@RasmaSandra (75431)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
25 May
I am glad Ava is enjoying her lessons, If she really enjoys piano playing she will,
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@TheHorse (209846)
• Walnut Creek, California
26 May
I think she will continue to enjoy her lessons. I have a new piece I'm going to teach to her.
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@just4him (312207)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
25 May
Yes, I think she will. I'm glad you got a hug from her.
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@TheHorse (209846)
• Walnut Creek, California
25 May
It's a part of our routine now.
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@TheHorse (209846)
• Walnut Creek, California
26 May
@just4him I had a two hug day yesterday. A friend came over in the afternoon.
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@just4him (312207)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
25 May
@TheHorse I'm glad it is.
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@JESSY3236 (19269)
• United States
28 May
pretty picture. Glad you got a hug.
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@TheHorse (209846)
• Walnut Creek, California
28 May
Heh. Can you see the famous Golden Gate Bridge in the photo? I think I took this one on December 27th, when the sun sets directly over the Bridge.
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@TheHorse (209846)
• Walnut Creek, California
28 May
@JESSY3236 Heh. Its hard to see. I actually have to enlarge the photo to see it.
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@JESSY3236 (19269)
• United States
28 May
@TheHorse I actually didn't notice at first.
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@HaruLoid (1509)
• Philippines
26 May
Ava sounds like a very sweet student of yours. I see her becoming a professional pianist someday with your guidance.
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@TheHorse (209846)
• Walnut Creek, California
26 May
One never knows. I just hope that playing music becomes a part of her life.
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@wolfgirl569 (98501)
• Marion, Ohio
25 May
Glad she has been happy since that day. She can probably play it in her sleep now
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@TheHorse (209846)
• Walnut Creek, California
25 May
Heh. I hope so! I bet she'll need a bit more help today.
@LindaOHio (162729)
• United States
25 May
I'm glad you two are back on track. I'm sure she will practice. Enjoy the long weekend.
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@TheHorse (209846)
• Walnut Creek, California
26 May
Heh. She practiced. But she lost the piece of paper with our new tune on it. I redid it yesterday.
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