My youngest daughter who is six has just recently started taking piano lessons. I took lessons for years when I was younger, but was never "musically inclined." It never came easily to me. However, I do know the basics and can play few tunes. So, over the weekend, I sat down with her to practice. Currently, she is learning the difference between quarter notes (which get one beat) and half notes (which get two beats). As I helped her, we discussed counting the beats and finding the rhythm.
As I thought back on it, it seemed a bit paradoxical because we haven't quite found the rhythm of fall and school just yet.
This Labor Day weekend, we said good-bye to summer. My kids had a full week of school last week, so this long weekend was kind of like an encore - an extra little bonus. We enjoyed our lazy mornings and spent some time splashing in the pool. (Time that was slightly marred when my oldest took a nasty tumble on the concrete pool deck - but, that's another story.) We held that last note of summer just a little bit longer.
Now, we are back in the groove of school with no rest in sight for quite a while. Summer's song has ended and the music of Fall is in the air. We are still re-adjusting to new bedtimes, early mornings, homework, and extracurricular busyness. Things are still a little off-key and we haven't really found our harmony.
As I told my sweet Emily by the piano, though, practice makes perfect! We will continue to plunk out the notes and, eventually, they will get smoother. There will be crescendos and lulls, long notes and short ones. Over time, we will hit the right keys and find the correct tempo. We'll find our rhythm and dance to the music of the school year.
And, before we know it, we'll be singing summer melodies once again.
So long for now, summer! It's been fun!