Sunday, February 28, 2016

Piano Lessons

Six years ago, I sat staring at my newborn's hands.  I was still in shock over his missing thumbs.  I wondered if I would ever stop staring at them or seeing them as different. A few months later, I realized I stopped seeing his hands as unusual.  A year later, I started counting other kids' fingers because they looked like they had too many (they had 5).  

Even though Matthew's missing thumbs had become a norm for us, I still feared there would be things that Matthew wouldn't be able to do because of his missing thumbs, like play the piano. In an episode of M*A*S*H, a professional pianist injured his hand in the battlefield and the cultured doctor who loved music, Winchester, found the soldier/pianist a few pieces made to be played with one hand. We have found that like this episode, music "is in your head and in your heart and in your soul" and it takes the right person willing to help.  For Matthew, that is Ms. Rebekah, who is also Alyssa and Jackson's piano teacher. I am so grateful for her!  Mattie may not be a professional pianist, but he loves music and now gets to explore it. He loves going to lessons and I love hearing him plink out his few notes as he practices. Thank goodness for those willing to see the possibilities!  

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