My Daughter, the Cellist

stephcello4She was thirteen, and just starting middle school. She felt out-of-place and disliked. It was plain to see that she had no friends. There was no one to talk to, no one to eat lunch with, no one to walk to class with. It seemed that no one liked her.

She struggled with homework and taking tests. She felt like she couldn’t learn anything, couldn’t remember anything, and couldn’t do anything right. No one understood her, cared what happened to her, or even knew she existed. At least that was the way it seemed to her.

Then one day it happened. There was something new in her life, something exciting, something just for her.

A cello.

This magnificent instrument entered her life. She learned to play. She practiced and practiced and then practiced some more. Before she knew it, she became a member of the school orchestra. Yes, it was wonderful, and her world was better.

Her cello became her constant companion, her best friend. This friend was always there for her, understood her, and never let her down. She could be herself when she played her cello and everything was alright.

She started to make friends at school—friends who played in the orchestra with her. Those friends introduced her to more friends. Soon, friends were calling her at home, walking with her to class, and riding with her on the bus. And she knew—life was good. At least, that was the way it seemed to her.

Three years passed and she entered high school. All the old anxieties came rushing back to her. She was sure it would be the same thing all over again—no one to understand her, no one to care about her, and no friends except for her cello.

She auditioned and placed in the concert orchestra, which was quite a feat for a freshman because freshmen hardly ever played in the concert orchestra. Surely luck played a part in her placement. It never occurred to her that it was her talent that secured her place.

Then something wonderful happened. The other kids told her that she was good; as a matter of fact, they said she was really good. As before, she made new friends, and those friends introduced her to more friends.

By the time she was a junior, she was the first chair—the chair reserved for the best cellist. At last she was really someone, someone of status, someone who played an important part in her orchestra. And she knew—life was good. At least, that was the way it seemed to her.

Then came her senior year, the year that every teenager awaits with eager anticipation. At the final orchestra concert, she and her best friend—her beloved cello—played a solo. She played for an audience of 500 people or more. The piece she played was a difficult one, but she played it perfectly, and her best friend, her cello, did not let her down.

When she finished, there was silence. Oh no, she thought in dismay. They didn’t like it!

Then it happened—a thunderous applause! All those people were clapping for her! One by one, everyone in the auditorium stood up and applauded. She could hardly believe it—a standing ovation! This was a rare thing indeed!  But it really was not difficult to understand why this happened. They recognized the talent she had, they loved the beautiful way she played, and they gave her what she truly deserved.

She then knew that she had found her life’s work.

And she thought: Maybe…that’s the way it’s meant to be.

 

 

 

 

 

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42 comments

  • An inspiring story, beautifully told. What a proud mum you must be. Truly wonderful how music came to your daughter and changed her life 🙂

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    • Thank you so much for your kind and thoughtful comment. Yes, my daughter is very happy today. As a matter of fact, in a couple weeks she be starting grad school, working on her masters degree in music performance. We’re very proud of her. Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope you have an amazing day! 🙂

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  • Sometimes in life we find our calling early and the place we never expected it to be hiding. Sometimes it finds us. Lucky are those who are privileged enough to find it at all.

    Some gifts from God find their way to their keeper.

    I’m happy for her and you.

    Cello on!

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  • How wonderful! It sounds like she has a true gift and a passion with her music!

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    • Music and the cello means everything to my daughter, and I’m forever grateful that she found her path to happiness. Thanks so much for stopping by today. I hope you have a wonderful day!

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  • aw, this was beautiful! i used to play oboe in middle and highschool it was such a great feeling, to literally grasp an instrument into your hands, and become one with it; as though one’s own voice bellows through the instrument itself, expressing all our sorrows and joys. when i read your piece about your daughter and how the cello became her companion, it reminded me of that, and brought back so many good memories.

    btw if you don’t mind reading subtitles, one of my fav films is a Japanese film titled “Departures.” The main character plays the cello (although it’s not the central theme of the film) and I highly recommend it. =)

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    • I’m so glad that my story brought back some happy memories for you. Thanks for the tip about the films; I’ll be on the lookout for it. And thanks for visiting my blog today – I really appreciate it. Have a great day!

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  • Oh how wonderful for her and for you, her mother! I can only imagine the pride that you must feel!

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  • I’m so jealous that she has such a passion and a talent for music. To grow up knowing that is what you want to do is something not many achieve. I’d love to have known as a senior in high school what my life’s work would be. Here I am at twenty-five still figuring it out.

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    • You’re right – she was very fortunate, and I’m so happy as her mother that she found her way. Thanks so much for visiting my blog and for commenting. I really do appreciate it when people take the time to do so; it means a lot to me. I hope you have a fantastic day!

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  • so beautiful– this story, your daughter, her BFF. 🙂

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    • Why, thank you so much for your kind and thoughtful words; I appreciate it so much. Yes, whenever I think about my daughter and her journey, my heart overflows with joy. I am so grateful that she has found her path in life and that it is something that she truly loves. Thank you so much for visiting today. I hope your day is amazing!

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  • Jennifer G. Knoblock

    Love the cello! What a beautiful thing when someone finds his or her passion…no matter at what age. 🙂

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    • Yes, my daughter was so very lucky, and I thank God every day that He was gracious and smiled upon her. She’s very happy now and will be starting on her master’s degree in music performance in September, and to think, when she was in middle school, my husband and I thought perhaps she might not even go to college! Thanks for stopping by today; I appreciate it. Have a wonderful day!

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  • Beautifully written post. So glad your daughter have found her passion in life.

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  • This is such a wonderful story, full of hope and fulfillment and you really described her ups and downs well.
    We often worry that our son will never find his one thing. He’s tried lots but anything that seems like work – practising, preparing, etc – puts him off. He’s young yet, though; hopefully he will find something that gives him this much happiness.

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    • Yes, I think perhaps he just needs more time. That’s the way it was for our daughter, so I hope the same happens for your son, too. Thanks so much for stopping by today; I appreciate your comments. I hope your day is amazing!

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  • This is such an inspiring story. I teach middle school students, and so many of them haven’t found their way yet.

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    • Yes, middle school can be such a difficult transition for some kids. We were so concerned for our daughter until she finally found her way, and we were so grateful when she found her cello. It truly did save her. At one point, we didn’t even think she’d go to college, but this September, she’ll be starting her master’s degree! Thanks for visiting today. I hope you have a wonderful day.

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  • Reblogged this on Find Your Passion and commented:
    Another stunning example of how living life with Passion can lead to a happy, fulfilling, successful life!

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  • Great Story–that may just sound a little tired, that phrase. But I rally mean Great as in Tony the Tiger GREAT!
    I love hearing the cello played…first time I heard Yoyo Ma play it (in a live concert actually-cheap seats way in the back) I fell in love…no not with Mr. Ma–the cello. Now whenever I here it played, I remember going to hear him.

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    • Oh, do you think I should take that phrase out? Maybe one of them? And yes, Yoyo Ma is my daughter’s hero, of course! Thanks so much for visiting today; I always enjoy hearing from you. Have a great day!

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      • Laugh–I was not referring to your writing, my dear! I was saying that about me.. I so often say great post, but really, just saying that and nothing more becomes a little trite. I think I may have to start thinking. I’m sorry if you thought I was criticizing.

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        • Oh, LOL! I see what you were talking about! Tony the Tiger! Ha, ha! Thanks for clarifying. But I always want comments, and help if I need it, so don’t ever be afraid to give me that. But thanks for letting me know what you meant; I truly do appreciate it! Have greeaatttt day! LOL!

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  • I love your blogs Cindy! You are an extremely, talented writer! Your “words” are a joy to “read”! Thank you!

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  • What an accomplishment. Not just that she plays the cello well, but that she beat the feelings that could have held her back.

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  • It’s amazing, what the gift of music offers. It speaks directly to the heart in ways most can’t 🙂

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