Five years ago, I had the blessing of meeting a very gentle, kind, Jesus loving woman. One who we probably would have never met, had we not had a child who desired to learn the piano.
She lives in the next neighborhood over and teaches the piano from her living room. She is kind, gentle, loving, and firm. She taught elementary school for years, has played the church organ every Sunday for longer, and has a true and honest love of children..........and music.
From the moment I spoke to her on the phone, I could not wait to meet her. The kindness was present even just in her voice. I am forever changed because of this single solitary woman.
I can't explain it. Being around her wants me to be gentler. Kinder. More faithful.
She lives her love of the Lord. And she teaches piano so that she can share the gift of music.
And on more than one occassion I have thanked God for the blessing of bringing her into our lives.
Recently, Emily began to take lessons each week in addition to Allyson. And as I watched last week, I couldn't help the tears that filled my eyes as I saw my Emily sitting on the piano bench- feet not even reaching the floor- learning how to read and make music at the guidance of this fine woman. There is not a single other person I would want to teach her.
Even though Allyson still whines about not wanting to do lessons anymore, I see more than just the benefit of utilizing the gift God has given her in her ability to play the piano. I see the 30 minutes she gets each and every week with this fine woman, and in my heart I know that this experience is one that will forever change her life. She doesn't know it today, probably not even next year, but someday I hope that she will look back on Mrs. Rose and the woman that she is and it will help mold her into the woman she will become.
I am so very thankful for her. And that it's Monday and I'll get to see her tonight.
She has taught me so much, and I know she doesn't even realize that.