When Mary Mitchell first came to Shanti Bhavan, she played us songs from Dhoom Machale and Titanic. I loved her way of playing the piano. I loved the way the music that she played kept my friends happy, interactive, and excited.
In my mind I thought one day, I will get to play the piano and I will be like Mary.
In the 5th grade I said to myself, “You will never get to play the piano,” and then I heard the word “piano” which distracted me from my negative thoughts. It was Mrs. Ruth asking us who wants to learn the piano. Eighteen hands shot into the air. All eighteen hands restlessly waiting to be chosen.
Then Mrs. Ruth saw me and asked, “Yeshwini, do you want to play the piano?”
My heartbeat was 5X more than the normal heartbeat. All seventeen eyes looked at me eagerly waiting for my answer.
With an excited voice, I said, “Yes!”
Then Mrs. Ruth smiled at me and wrote my name on the board. I was full of mixed feelings. I wondered how easy or difficult it is to play the piano. At 4:00 pm, Mrs. Ruth called me and told me that ASTEP Volunteer Artist Katherine would be my teacher. After my first lesson, I thought playing the piano is not as easy as you think. I walked out of the music room with a tired mind. Till now, I try my best to get to the level Mary Mitchell plays and I know I will.
— Yeshwini (7th grade SB student)
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