Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Mum was sooooooo proud!!

Now here's a story that will warm the cockles of your heart!!  Our Jo ..... you know ... the eldest of the 3 little girls is dyslexic. She is badly dyslexic. She is in Grade 3 at school now and she is still not reading very well.  She is getting there but it is very difficult for her. All the words are kinda back to front or something and the page seems to wave up and down and goodness only knows what else.  Because of her inability to learn she has been very lacking in self confidence even though we all do our best to boost what confidence she does have.   BUT ...... she is very clever in other ways and VERY creative and she loves music.  Mum and Dad bought her a piano for her birthday and she's been having lessons. Well ...... and here is the warming of the cockles bit ...... she is really nailing this piano thing. She loves it and after just a few weeks of lessons she composed her own little song. Ok so it's no Mozart but its a lovely little tune and she wrote words for it and all.  She has to do it all in her head because she can't read the music but her Teacher is amazing and just seems to have a way with Jo that works.  Last Sunday the music Teacher had arranged a Christmas concert for all of her budding musicians and Jo was to perform at her very first concert. Crikey .... we were all so nervous for her and thought she would back out at the last minute as she had done at many school performances.   Well ..... here's more warming of those cockles ..... she was brilliant. So confident!!  She walked up to that piano in front of perhaps 40 people and she sat with the straightest little back you have ever seen and she played jingle bells without one mistake. The Teacher then asked her to play her own composition and also asked if she would sing the words.  Josie said, very politely, that she would play the tune but she wouldn't sing.  This she did and again without a single mistake. She was the only one of all the performers that had written their own composition.  You should have seen Mum.  She was so proud she thought she was going to burst and the tears ....... oh my ..... the tears!!   You would have thought she HAD burst.  When Jo left the stage she did a beautiful little curtsy to the audience and was rewarded with thunderous applause.  It was as if she had done it a million times before.  She then made a beeline for her Mum for a cuddle and then to my Mum for an even bigger cuddle.  Crikey those two have a thing going on.  How good was that, aye??  Did that warm the cockles of YOUR heart???
Guess who gave her the sunflowers??  
This was during the performance.  It was such a hot day. Its a wonder her fingers didn't slip off the keys. 
She wasn't quite this confident during the performance but almost.  This was just a photo opportunity.
AND look ..... she got a medal from her Teacher and flowers from Mum.  
Some of the other performers. Jo had new silver shoes. They gave her a blister soooooooo ...  Oh and I just noticed Izzi the photo bomber!! 
Wanna run .... Love, Charlie.  

29 comments:

  1. That is an absolutely *wonderful* story. Way to go, Jo! What a huge step for her. I applaud her courage and poise!

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    1. She was wonderful. For a little girl who would ALWAYS hide behind all the other kids with her fingers in her mouth and tears in her eyes it was like a miracle.

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  2. That's a wonderful story. We teared up here. WTG, Girl!

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    1. It sure has amazed Mum. Best thing she ever did getting that piano, aye??

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  3. YES!! Music is the language that any can play and do even without written down notes. Congrats Jo! I and my petcretary and my kitties are proud of you! We used to have piano players in this den...alas they have their own dens now...and petcretary does *not* play it at all. *she* plays the radio, BOL!

    Have a wonderful Christmas! We loved seeing your gals all dressed up and smiling. (And Miss Izzy, BOL!!)

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    1. Crikey .... not the radio!! My Dad ALWAYS has that radio thing on. I'd much rather hear piano music than that noisy radio thing. Miss Izzy looked weird, aye? As if she'd been beheaded and her head stuck on a ledge or something.

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  4. congratulations!!! the own first song is a milestone... and we are happy with you!!! and once when we see her name in the billboard charts we will remember this post about the first song...

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    1. Crikey .... wouldn't that be great. Our Jo ..... famous!! I'll make sure Mum tells Jo that you are happy with her.

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  5. Really nice story, Charlie. I suppose dyslexia applies to reading music too, but many musicians have succeeded without being able to read music. I know a number of people with dyslexia who have been very successful, more so than me, in life. The most important thing is that she enjoys playin and it sounds like she does.

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  6. YAY, well done, what a wonderful heartwarming story
    Loves and licky kisses
    Princess Leah xxx

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  7. How we wish we could have seen Jo play! Yes, you did warm our heart's cockles, Charlie♥

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  8. Yea for Jo! Super Duper job! Keep it up!

    It'd be coolio if yur Mum could get a lil recordin' of Jo playin her song an' post it on yur doggy bloggy thingo, Charlie!

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  9. Charlie and proud Gran Lynn OMCs you are for sure correct this story warmed our hearts, put a big smile on our faces and all around made us feel very very Happy. WTG Jo, your smile and confidence are ozzzzzzing out our monitor.
    Charlie...please tell Jo my mom is 100% sure the red dress was the purrfect dress for the concert. You know my mom is a red fanatic and is a firm believer that RED is a confidence booster and screams...look at me I'm bold I wear bright colors
    Hugs and thank you for sharing this wonderful story.
    Grandpeeps Well done to giving that sweet girl a piano. You have opened up her world
    Hugs madi and mom

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  10. What a great accomplishment Jo way to go.

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  11. Music makes the world go round!

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  12. Hari OM
    Oh my word, that is just FANTABULOUS!!! Music is one of the great bridges and connectors in communication and I's thrilled as everyone else that Jo has had her confidence boosted. Mum's tear were justified and , Charlie mate, you are right to be proud! Hgus and wags, YAM-aunty xxx

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  13. I know what an accomplishment for Jo. My mom used to take piano lessons when she was a young un. But she never played a recital without a mistake and she never ever wrote a song. Way to go Jo.

    Skittlez

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  14. I know what an accomplishment for Jo. My mom used to take piano lessons when she was a young un. But she never played a recital without a mistake and she never ever wrote a song. Way to go Jo.

    Skittlez

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  15. Congratulations Josie!!! So nice you told us this story Charlie, I got a big smile on my face reading it.

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  16. Hooray! Ghostwriter says music is good for the brain!

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  17. Congrats to Jo! You know music is such a wonderful thing for the brain and the soul! Being able to express oneself musically is a huge gift! Congrats to her and we hope she carries on and studies the piano so she can bless others with her music!

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

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  18. BRAVO Miss JOsie. BRAVO Way to GOOooooooooooo girrrrrl. Way to GO. THIS is the mostest BEAUTIFUL Story we have EVER read.
    Jo PROVES that being Dyslexic is NOT the Disaster that some THINK it is... it just means that things have to be done DIFFERENTLY. Like when a Road is closed and one needs to take a DETOUR... you still GET to the Destination...
    OMD We are SOOOOO very much PROUD of Miss JOsie.
    Sniff Sniffle ... does anybuddy have a spare Snot Rag??? Sniffle Snort Sniff

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  19. Bravo Miss Jo!! how wonderful to find a way to boost her confidence. We all have different strengths - to be musically talented is a beautiful gift!
    hugs
    Mr Bailey, Hazel & Mabel

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  20. Hi hi hi! Ojo here! Yay! Hurray for your little person! We are glad she had something good and confidence-building happen! Did you go running with her afterwards?

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  21. That definitely warmed our hearts to read. Everyone has something special about them and it sounds like Miss Jo is a born musician. We would love for you to video her playing for us to hear:)

    Woos - Lightning and Misty

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  22. Oh yes, all our cockles are well and truly warmed - always a good thing here in Aberdeen in December. Well done Jo!
    Toodle pip!
    Bertie.

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  23. "Appaws" "Appaws" Way to go Jo!!

    That is one talented gal you have there Charlie, with bunches of courage and musical talent!! Make sure to give her a high paw for us!
    Smileys!
    Dory, Jakey, Arty & Bilbo

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  24. Very special young beautiful lady.
    Great story Charlie.
    Good to see yer mate and your beautiful and talented Josie.
    Luvs Freya Rose Blossom and De Ark XX

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  25. It sure did .
    A very clever young lady she is.
    My beer fairy is dyslexic but when he was at school nothing much was known about it, he is also left handed not encouraged in those times.
    Merle............

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