Makinley is learning to play the violin! She’s joined the orchestra program in her elementary school. I’m a very, very proud daddy. 🙂

Tonight when I dropped the girls off at Mireesa’s house, I asked Makinley to get her violin out and play for me. It thrilled me to watch her open the case…. remove and rosin the bow… place the instrument under her chin… and produce sound!

“See Dad… This is G…. This is D…. This is A…. and this is E “

This is a day I’ve dreamt of ever since I conceived of myself as a father.
It’s like we entered into a new realm together, and began to converse in the language that has been my godsend. I love the thought of the years to come, discussing a’s e’s, b-flats, sixteenth notes and fortissimo with Makinley, my pride and joy.

A certain lyric came to mind, as she was preparing her instrument for me tonight…

“What can this strange device be?
When I touch it, it gives forth a sound
It’s got wires that vibrate and give music
What can this thing be that I found?

See how it sings like a sad heart
And joyously screams out its pain
Sounds that build high like a mountain
Or notes that fall gently like rain”

– 2112, Neal Peart

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