A Chance Encounter
Teaching is a second career for me (well, maybe a third?). My first degree is in piano pedagogy and, to this day, I continue to run a small piano studio from my home. Having once taught over 45 students per week, the 16 I have now is a breeze!
Another part of teaching piano is accompanying the students from our local junior high every year at the Solo and Ensemble Festival in February. This event took place just a few weeks ago.
As I was waiting to enter a room to accompany one of the 41 students I was working with this year, I ran into a former student. Immediately the talk turned to books.
"What are you reading now?"
"I just finished a series and now I don't know what to read."
"What did you just finish."
I honestly don't remember what he said but it was a fantasy series that I was surprised he had not read before because he is a voracious reader.
"Oh! Did you enjoy it?"
"May I suggest a series I think you will really like?"
"Try Gregor the Overlander series. I think you will really love it. There are about 5-6 books in the series."
During this brief encounter, his mother attentively listened in. When he walked out of the contest room, she asked about the book again. I reminded her of the name as she pulled out her phone to send herself a reminder. I imagine that series arrived at their doorstep a day or two later.
There is something so absolutely wonderful about running into former students and immediately reconnecting over books. I live in a small town; it is not unusual to run into former students and instantaneously ask, "What are you reading?" and learn about a new favorite book or author. It is the a connection that will never disappear.
Thank you to Two Writing Teachers for the opportunity to share this slice of my life.