Hum... I wrote this last month and never published? Such a procrastinator... ! The date of the post was...3/7/11. All relevant, so I'm just going to press send without editing.
Last weekend I drove my entire family to MA. They are all crazy to go happilly, my husband the craziest of them all. I'm so lucky to have someone that when I mentions a plan just goes: "Ok, when do you want to do this?".
A 6 hour trip later, we're still not there but at the Atlantic Union College in Lancaster, which is about 50 minutes away. We're offered a free stay at the dorms and lunch at the cafeteria since it was open house weekend. The cafeteria experience was great. The dorm... not so much. I'm just going to leave it at this, because I don't want to bad mouth AUC. The only thing I'm going to say is that my family was not impressed and my teen (prospective student), even less.
Brazilian church for worship... then in the afternoon we drove to Boston, and of course, we had to drive around Harvard campus. In Tessa's words "so cool!!", lol.
Back to our hotel, we had a fantastic stay at the Marriott Newtonville, the kids had fun in the pool, and we got to relax before a long day (and no sleep from the previous night). In the morning a delicious breakfast (I just love it when I don't have to cook it... just enjoy it) and then it was time for me to to go my class. The girls stayed behind with dad, they were going to take their time then tour the Museum of Fine Arts.
The only problem was, it was snowing like crazy and the cabs were not even getting close to the hotel, I didn't want to be late. I needed a ride to my class but didn't want to drag the girls with me so early. So I "had" to ride the hotel limo. The driver was a nice man from Haiti, who took me in time to my class, but then "mysteriously" misplaced his ones and fives and had no change. No problem man, I was so excited I didn't care.
Arrived in time for my class. A community center in the suburbs of Boston, an old building, huge and dark. It looked like a public school from the 70s. It took me a while to find the room, but when I did I was the second student there. There was only 2 other students, both violinists. Our teacher was a pianist and did a fantastic job. I'm so excited about studying music again. Did I say that ( oh yes, sorry, I really am!). I can't even put it into words. I feel that all my life I wanted to study music and had to do something else for lack of opportunity. I wanted to be a concert piano player, but my pediatrician said "no" due to my tendinitis. Then I thought about teaching piano, or studying something like that, but didn't have a very supportive family (mom), who kept reminding me you can't have a good salary out of music.
So I got accepted at one of the best universities for a field I like it too... and kept going till I got my doctorate. I'm not complaining, it is a great profession and I love what I do. I work at the field and get paid well. Also, I believe I followed the right path...If it wasn't for pursuing higher education at my current field I'd have never met my husband or have my daughters. But I still miss music and I wonder what would happen "if"... When talking to my husband about this, he is so encouraging. He thinks I should study music and even get a degree on it if I want to. I'm not so sure about paying for more education though!
The trip back was interesting, our car broke in front of the Museum of Fine Arts! But thanks to DH's super powers (his portable battery back) we made it to the car parts store... As soon as we parked at the store our car died again... Praise God! He really watches out for us...One more unplanned night in a hotel, and we were home the next day. What an adventure!!!
I'm preparing for my teacher's audition, there are 2 hard pieces I have to record... wish me luck!