There’s some sort of weird parent bias bubble that gets created when you watch your child perform. The joy and pride mixed together with nerves is a strange cocktail of emotions. But that’s what I felt when Miss 10 played Bach’s Minuet 3 this week.
Driving to the venue, I was thinking that I was more nervous than her. But when I sat next to her and held her hand, no – her hand was already clammy. I whispered to her, “Squeeze my hand as hard as you can!” which she did, and grinned at me. I think some of the nerves disappeared.
And then it was her time – we quickly checked her string tuning, she walked to the little stage, announced her name and piece, and then played with a great tone and intonation. No wobbly nerves or shaking. She remembered her extensions and shifts into 2nd position. A small slip up at the second repeat but she recovered fine.
And then it was all over.
I was proud of her – for getting up and playing very well, but more for just having a go even though it was a new experience and she was nervous.
Now she can concentrate on working towards her AMEB Grade 3 exam!