When I was a kid I took piano lessons. My mom is quite musical and is great on the piano and she wanted her kids to be piano players too, so she tried for years to get me to learn. I was a stubborn kid and really had no interest. I loved to play around on the piano but I didn't love taking lessons. Eventually I convinced my mom to let me quit and she told me that one day I would regret not learning how to play the piano.
And guess what? I became an adult who regrets that I never learned to play the piano. I have wished for years that I could play. That's the mom lecture I give my kids whenever they want to quit something. They've heard my piano regret story a million times.
Over the years I have talked about getting a piano and taking lessons but it just never happened. Pianos are expensive and I just always had other things that were more of a priority.
But part of my whole "before I turn 40" thing was to finally accomplish some goals that I had set for myself and never followed through on. So one of the goals I set for myself this year was to buy a piano and take piano lessons before I turn 40.
So I have been saving up money in a special piano fund account and I've been keeping an eye on Craigslist for used pianos. And today was the day. We found one that was reasonably priced and in decent shape and we decided to go for it.
It was a bit of work to figure out how to get it here. We don't have a truck and pianos weigh about a million pounds. Moving one is major work. Fortunately we have some church friends with a trailer and strong football player sons who were kind enough to help us move it.
So long story short, we are now the proud owners of a piano!!!
It took about five seconds for the kids to start playing with it. Matthew brought down his recorder and played When The Saints Go Marching In while Clarissa banged on the piano keys to accompany him. Then Matthew played the piano while Clarissa danced. It made me smile to see them have so much fun with it. I have a feeling that our house is about to become much noisier. :)
So as soon as the kids are out of school I'm going to find a teacher and take piano lessons. I'm determined to finally erase the regret I've carried all these years and finally learn to play the piano. And I'm ridiculously excited about it!!
So today a new piano made me happy. I took some quick cellphone photos of it. It's not in the exact right spot yet. It needs to be scooted over to be centered in the wall and pushed back a little. I need to move it where I want it (seriously, it weighs a gazillion pounds) and then I think I'll get out my real camera and take some better pictures. But these will have to do for now.
I have a piano!! :)