Tuesday, July 01, 2008


"Don't even think about it," she said. I have started working with Natalie at the piano. We are not on a regular schedule with it yet, but I work with her when she asks. Last week, she was very focused on picking out the melody of Mary Had A Little Lamb on her own, so I left her to her devices.

After a lot of persistence and a bit of frustration, Natalie finally had it. She asked me to come and listen, so I obliged. When she finished, I gave her a hug and told her how proud I was that she kept working on it even when it got hard. She quickly backed out of my hug and said, "Don't even think about it! Don't even think about giving me a round of the-plause!"

It took everything I had not to laugh hysterically. Instead, I did my best to hold it in, but clapped for her, giving her a sly grin as I did so. Natalie grinned back and said, "I'm just kidding. I was secretly hoping you'd give me some the-plause!"

Have you given anyone a round of the-plause lately?

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