It has always been my dream to see either one or both of my kids to at least pick up one music instrument. As the matter of reality, my dream came true! My thirteen year old Shahira who is currently in a boarding school made it happened in realizing my dream. She picked up piano at the age of six and currently accredited with grade five by the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, London, United Kingdom. Three more grades to go and she is done!
My Shahira performing "Black Forest Polka"
Enrolled her for the piano lesson back then was never a regret for me albeit each month I had to invest on her and today as a return, my Shahira possesses a skill which not many of her age does. Never expect her to be the next Maxim Mrvica, Richard Clyderman, Frederic Chopin or Ray Charles to name a few, so long she is a cut above the others and enjoys it, as a father, I am extremely supportive of it. Though her ambition is to be a pharmacist, even if she changes and chooses to be a pianist, I am still fine with it. So long she is happy. :-)
|My Shahira performing the classical "Canon in D Major"|
All in all, what I learned and experienced here as a parent is that we must always support our children's interest provided it is a healthy one. I guess out of nowhere, we will suddenly realize that there has always been a hidden talent in each of our children. To be frank, it will without doubt makes a parent proud as to how I am feeling right now. Let it be sports, art, music or whatever interest there is, support them all the way. Moreover, we will be creating even more options for our children to be at least a step ahead of the others in challenging the future looking on the bright side.
As for the case, at times, whenever my gang members are having our lunch or dinner, my Shahira would play her classical numbers and it is a kind of like having meal with the background of classical music. Know what? Just imagine.... it is similar to like having our meal at an exclusive restaurant with entertainment of soft and soul touching music in further enlivens the mood. Nice kan?
So, to my beloved daughter, I wish you the very best as mommy and I will always be there for you. By the way, if you are reading this, do not forget that there are still three more grades to accomplish and the rattan cane which I just bought from the night market recently is dying in hunger of its first victim. :-)