Today was a good day. First up was church and the nursery. We had only three children this time, a child who was a little older an our age range, E, who was very busy and M who unfortunately is getting over a traumatic experience and it seems like it’s going to take awhile to rebuild his trust that the nursery will be a fun and safe place for him. I tip my hat to his parents–they are patient and sensitive about working through this at his speed, and thankfully in our small, family-style nursery, they can hang out back there with him until he’s feeling safe and happy again.
We dropped Ds16 off at his girlfriend’s house and went out to lunch with Ken and Becky — Becky had a very thorough case of laryngitis but we had a very good time.
Then we picked up ds16 and his girlfriend and went to the violin concert of Scott Conklin. He is Dr. Conklin now and teaches at the university where my dad set up the computer music lab. The concert was wonderful. I thank God for gifted musicians who perform at that level. I remember meeting Scott when we first moved here. He was about 19, I think. He had the same kind of charismatic exuberance about music that our oldest had, I noticed.
He’s a wonderful performer, and played very movingly and emotionally. He performed a Beethoven violin/piano sonata that was lovely. Then he performed a contemporary piece that knocked my socks off. There was a quality to the notes as he played them, I just yearned to be able to create beauty like that note…or that one. Then he came back and played a Saint Saens sonata that was really neat. And a gorgeous encore piece in honor of the woman the concert was a memorial tribute for.