Our World Tuesday: Sweet Success!

Our lives have very happily revolved around Adella and her clarinet since she set herself the goal of making regionals last year--right after she found out she didn't get in for 2013.  A better clarinet and lessons with a very talented young teacher who loves teaching as much as she loves music combined with hours of daily practice paid off yesterday after she auditioned for states and made it.

She left the audition sure she had bombed, and the hours immediately following were funereal, at best.  We went out to dinner at Istanbul in New Haven that evening to celebrate her fortitude and sincere effort, but that didn't take her mind off her thoughts about how she could have done better.

Even the beautiful, exotic atmosphere of the restaurant and the tantalizing aroma of my delicious tea couldn't set her moving from her doldrums.

When we got home, she finally spoke, saying she was mad at herself because she thought she had messed up easy stuff, and a certain something-or-other (I don't speak music.) gave her fits.  "I just want in," she said.  And then, a few hours later, we got word that her scores were well above the cut-off for admission. We jumped and whooped like savages and went to bed and slept like little rocks.  Now for nationals...

So Adella found her thing.  And the head coach of basketball, an English teacher, was very cool about letting her take time from practice and games to find this thing.  She had been concerned about disappointing the boss for not being a team player, for being distracted from the game, and she told him so and asked for mercy.  I am grateful to him for getting that kids are kids, and they're searching.  


  1. its good she is pushing herself to do better...but def make sure she celebrates the success as well...congrats to her...

  2. it's great when you find your passion-my mom pushed me into piano lessons cause she loved it and always wanted to play as a child-I hated it but later found dance=ballet to be exact.

  3. Congratulations Adella!

  4. Congratulations to Adela. What a hard working girl. I love hearing these positive stories about our youth. Good luck with the future competitions.

  5. congratulations to your hard-working and diligent (and talented) daughter!

  6. Oh, give my congratulations to Adella, Sandy!! That is wonderful and exciting news!! I'm so happy for her and for her proud Mom, too!! Thanks for sharing such a wonderful part of your world today!!

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  9. So, good news! :) Congratulations to Adela!

  10. Way to go Adella. I am so proud of you for not giving up. You got ahead. Whooo hooo. Positive thoughts follow you to state.

  11. Congratulations to Adela! I'm so glad that her hard work paid off for her.

  12. What a remarkable young lady (wonder where she gets it? :)

    I'm Whooping now!

    Enjoy these times, dear

    ALOHA from Honolulu
    Comfort Spiral

    =^..^= <3

  13. Great achievement Adela, well done - and what a beautiful name you have,

  14. Anonymous9:50 AM

    Congratulations to your talented daughter. And hooray for talented and caring mothers, teachers and mother/teachers!!!

  15. Congratulations to your daughter. The lessons she is learning will serve her well the rest of her life.

    I'm glad the coach decided to show here some mercy.

    Your post reminds me that being a kid isn't all that easy.

  16. Oh excellent! Big congrats to your talented girl. You must be bursting with pride.


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