The recital went really well. I was pleased with how everyone performed. I asked 3 former students to sing something in the recital. Kelly Lynn, April, and Star all sang this afternoon. The were remembering the concerts from when they were young. Boy, I have changed how and what I teach so much since then. I teach more classical music and Broadway music for singers and less, if any, pop, which is different from then. I was nervous to teach more classical because the kids complained about singing it. Now, complain all you want, but that is what I teach. For my profile on Take Lessons, it flat out states that I mainly teach classical and Broadway music with very little pop. I also tell parents that when they call to sign their children up. I am much more comfortable with what music I teach now than I was when I first started.
My legs are a bit more sore than usual because of the extra up and down at the concert. However, the good news is that I don't have the really bad headache I usually get after the concert. I am so happy about that, that is for sure. I do have a headache, but it isn't a super bad one like usual.
I received some very sad news today. One of my friends from high school's mom is terminally ill. She has stage 4 cancer and they can't operate. They have suggested that she try chemo and radiation to shrink the tumors, but that is all they really can do. It may give her a few more months or weeks. My heart is broken for what Chris (her son, my friend) will be going through. I have asked several of my friends to add her and the rest of her family to their prayer lists. She is such a wonderful lady. She is so strong in her faith and I think that will help sustain her. When I needed to decide how mom was to be cared for, I remembered how Mrs. S took care of Darren, Chris's brother. He had a brain injury that was quite severe. She and Mr. S made the decision to keep Darren at instead of placing him in a home or a group home. Mrs. S took really good care of him. When I made the decision to keep mom here at home, it was a difficult decision. I was lucky though because Mom was not angry or violent or belligerent in anyway. Yes, she had her difficult moments, but over all, it was a better choice. I am not sure what Mrs. S will do about the chemo or the radiation. She may not do either. She will be telling Chris, his wife, Bobbie, and their children in the next few days. I can't even imagine how they will react and take the news. I do know how awful it is to watch a parent die. Despite the awfulness of watching it, I also would not have done anything really different that I did because I got to spend so much time with my mom. I know that Chris and his family as well as Mr. S will be cherishing the time they have left with Mrs. S. I have asked to be kept up to date as much as possible. I have so many good memories of talking to her and being over with all our friends. She is a very kind and thoughtful person. My heart just aches for her family. If you can, would you please pray for her and her family? Thank you.
I did get several really nice gifts this afternoon. I got a beautiful roses from Nina and her family. I got the cat from Alice in Wonderland from Sammy and I got a beautiful throw blanket from the Muglia family. There are a few students who did not get their gifts so I will be giving them it at their lessons. It is hard to believe that Christmas is almost upon us. It is only 9 days until Christmas.
I am going to make myself some tea and read before I head for bed. Tomorrow is the test to see how my wrists are doing. I am not quite sure what to expect tomorrow, but I hope to have some answers soon.