The Gift that Keeps on Giving

Christmas is nearly here, and I wanted to share a card I received last year from an old student. It warmed my heart to know that the gift of music is a gift that keeps on giving through the years. Enjoy.

Dear Dorothy,

How are you? I hope you are doing well. I’m not sure if you remember me.

I was your student two years ago.

I am in my second year at Shoreline Community College and are hoping to transfer to a four-year university next year with a major in English.

I still have my job at TJ Maxx, but I also now have a job as an assistant editor for my school’s literary and art journal.

If I’m honest, I don’t spend much time at the piano these days.

I still love music, but I’ve found my passion in writing and story.

I do know though, that I can return to that bench at any time. I might find myself doing so soon with Christmas songs in the air right now.

And now, when I sit down, I can play as I read (the simple ones at least; the ones to sing along to) largely in part due to what I learned and practiced with you.

I still remember to tilt my wrist when I want to glide over the keys, to let gravity lend me its speed. And when I sing (which is often) I still remember to open my throat when I breathe and let the note come out.

I remember you usually have a recital at the end of the year. I hope that goes well too.

I just wanted to thank you for everything you have taught me.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.



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