The loveliness I am referring to is that little upright Yamaha piano behind the loveseat. She just joined the Lawson household yesterday afternoon and we are so pleased to have her.
I took piano lessons from the time I was 6 or 7 until I graduated from high school. My family's first piano was purchased from a garage sale, which was what allowed me to begin the lessons. I don't remember how old I was when my parents purchased the Yamaha, but I was probably somewhere in the middle school/jr. high age range.
I've only played a handful of times since I left for college nearly 12 years ago. I was busy being a college/grad student, then a newly-wed, then a new mom and never had a piano easily accessible during those years. Now that my youngest sibling is about to finish his junior year of high school and has musical interests that are focused on other instruments, my parents offered to let Josh and I relocate the piano to our home (actually, they made this offer months and months ago ... it just took us a long time to get around to moving it. Apparently moving a piano is no walk in the park.).
I am so thrilled! I fully expect that it will take at least a few years for me to be able to play the way I used to - my brain remembers certain things and my fingers remember other things, but they are no longer efficient at putting themselves together to make beautiful music. However, beautiful music can wait. Last night, Liam sat on the bench next to me and pounded along as we played and sang Twinkle, Twinkle; Mary Had a Little Lamb; and Old MacDonald Had a Farm. He didn't want to stop, and this morning it was the first thing he wanted to do when we walked out to the living room. I know the novelty will wear off, but I'm excited my little ones will have an instrument accessible to them from an early age, and I hope I can model to them the enjoyment that can come from playing it.
Also, I really need to decorate that corner.