My mom gave me piano lessons off and on throughout my growing-up years. I was not at all interested in learning how to play it at the time. My younger sister did much better and now plays the piano beautifully. I promised my mom that I would take piano lessons for a year at college; I did, but still didn’t want to put in the work it would have taken to play well.
However, after my husband and I had been married for a few years, I decided I wanted a piano for our house. I thought it might be relaxing to sit down and play it sometimes and that maybe I would finally challenge myself in this area after all those years.
Soon after, he bought me a piano for my birthday. Let me qualify that by saying that I don’t normally get birthday presents quite so valuable and that it was a used one we bought from a friend’s family member at a very good price.
In our current house it fits perfectly in the hallway leading into the living area. Of course I play it very rarely, yet it is getting nearly daily use now. How perfect that when our older daughter started taking piano lessons two years ago, we already had a piano to use.
Yesterday, our younger daughter had her very first lesson. She is so excited about learning to play. I really hope that lasts!!
We plan for them to continue taking lessons for a very long time. It is a sacrifice financially, but one that we are willing to make. I know that other families have different desires for their children and dedicate their time and resources to those; this just happens to be a personal priority for us.
I don’t think that we will look back ten years from now and regret that we had them take piano lessons. I truly hope that our daughters will develop any talent they may have in this area and use it not only for personal enjoyment but also to minister for God and to others.