They say a picture is worth a thousand words. I believe, in this case, it’s true.
I can’t thank you enough for the special role you played as my piano and flute teacher in junior high and high school. If we could go back in time, gather up all the people who knew me when I was younger and ask them to describe me, one word they’d undoubtedly include would be musician, flute player, flautist. And for that, much credit goes to you.
You played a unique role in my life, and there’s nobody that’s filled that role since. You tailored your teaching to me. You sought out material that not only fit my skill level, but my personality. I walked into your home for my lesson, and you made me feel like I was the only thing that mattered. You motivated me, challenged me, and brought out my very best. When it was time for recitals and performances in filled auditoriums, you put me at ease. I knew in my heart you were proud of me, and because you believed in me, I believed people wanted to hear the music I made. Really? I couldn’t have asked for anyone better.
But you weren’t just my piano and flute teacher, you were also a role model and mentor. You lived a life of integrity. Your faith was apparent, and you treated everyone with dignity and respect. You lived out your love of music both professionally and personally, loved your family, were dedicated to friends, and always had something to smile about.
And I don’t want to forget, you were so delightful. Yes, delightful is the best word to describe you. Lovely. Classy. A little bit feisty if necessary. Professional. Relatable. Thoughtful. And so sweet. That’s who you were, that’s who you are.
So I thank you, Sonja, for making music with me, for teaching me hard work and discipline when it would have been easier to do otherwise, for tailoring your teaching especially for me, and for making me feel cared for all these years later with Christmas cards, hand written letters, and notes of encouragement.
Your fruit has been recognized by my grateful heart,
*If you’d like to read more from my #31Days Letters to the Unthanked series, click here for the landing page where all the letters are listed and linked!