On the day of the recital, she put on a pretty plaid dress, had her hair tied back neatly in a half ponytail and wore white dress shoes with little bows at the front. Even before her recital, I was already so proud of how much she had learned in the past 5 months.
My daughter had always been shy in front of crowds but since she began kindergarten, it seemed that she had gained confidence and was a bit braver than before. As someone who always felt nervous presenting in front of a group of people, I could only imagine what she was feeling times ten! Performing solo in front of 50 pairs of eyes must've given her a lot of pressure. (I knew I would feel that way)
She was listed as the third person to perform and when her turn came, my husband and I gave her encouraging smiles and held our breaths (while getting our video cameras ready). When she sat on the bench, I could tell that she was nervous.
In the first measure of her song, she fumbled on a couple of notes. When she realized, she paused for 3 seconds.
In those few seconds, I was nervously thinking, You can do it! Don't cry. You can do it! Don't cry.
She took a breath...looked at her music sheet...and continued to play her song to the end.
We were SO proud of her for composing herself and continuing to play!!!
After finishing her song, she slid off the bench and gave a small curtsy, grinning from ear to ear.
I hugged and kissed her and told her how proud I was of her when we sat back down.
I think what made me feel even happier and proud of her was when she said to me,"Mama, I'm proud of myself!" because it meant that she knew her accomplishment required a lot of courage and confidence.