Wednesday, August 19, 2009

"I'm Not Good at Piano"

Yesterday I had an interesting conversation with Caleb. He kept telling me he was not good at piano, and I didn't understand why he was saying that. I told him, "No, you are good." And he kept saying, "But I'm not." I said, do you know this person, and can you play better, and I asked him if he could play better than me or Daddy, and he said yes. I told him how everyone always wanted to hear him play, and isn't that because he was good? He said yes.

So I asked him, "Why do you think you're not good at piano?"

And he says, "It's hard for me to not be naughty when I play piano."

He didn't mean he wasn't good at playing piano, but he meant he wasn't good at behaving when playing piano.

Of course I laughed at this and asked him what he considered being naughty was when playing the piano. He tells me "not sitting on the bench all the way, standing up, playing more when the teacher told me to stop, not going fast enough, having to scratch my nose a lot......"

Poor little kid. We always have to remember he is just 6 years old. He's just a little kid, and yes it is hard to sit still and play piano the way the big kids do. I told him he's not being naughty, it just takes a little practice to learn to sit still or do things exactly right. He doesn't have to be perfect. He'll learn as he gets bigger and it won't be so hard.


Anonymous said...

Oh Caleb all of us have a hard time sitting still and being good...but we would miss you if you didn't play the piano we really love to hear you play. The Wildes

Kathy said...

Hi Caleb, I have a hard time sitting still too, and I am 52. You are a WONDERFUL and VERY GOOD, even EXCELLENT piano player.

Summie said...

Caleb, I have to itch my nose alot too and I hate sitting still but I have learned that it can be done. don't worry little man. it will come with time. you are awesome!