When I was a young teenager I decided I wanted to play the harp. I don't remember anything specific bringing on the inspiration or desire to play the harp. However, knowing it was an expensive instrument that I couldn’t afford I decided to keep the idea to myself and pray about it.
While visiting friends one day, talking about music and instruments, my dad commented that he wanted my sister, Charity, to play the harp.
That night I asked Charity why Dad had said that and did she want to play the harp. She had no idea where that came from and definitely did not want to play the harp. I asked if she was okay with me talking with Dad about playing the harp and she was like "please do!"
So I did. In the end Dad said he didn't really care who played the harp, he just really wanted one of his children to pick up that instrument as some point.
When I started taking harp lessons in October of 2001 I would go twice a week to my teacher's house. Mondays were lesson days and I'd arrive a little early to warm up, have a lesson, then practice til Mom came to pick me up. On Wednesdays I would practice while Mom ran my siblings to piano lessons or did her grocery shopping. I got about 4 hours of playing in each week.
I started to share how I began playing the harp professionally but decided to save it for another day. Watch for it under "Day 22 - Teacher(s)".
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