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Yesterday was an intense day and I am thoroughly tired. I have taken today as a "mental health day" to prepare for my performances tomorrow and friday.
The best thing of all is that my friend's illness looks to be highly treatable with a very good prognosis. I almost shouted with relief when I heard the news. I was very concerned, worried, and sad for my friends. But now the picture looks brighter than what was thought.
And my students performed beautifully. The audience was thrilled. I felt very proud of them and how well they did. And it was nice to get the heartfelt thanks and congratulations from my students and their parents. And one little thing. I don't drop names, but one can surmise that the students of what is considered one of the very best schools in the country come from a pool of highly-accomplished, successful parents. One such parent, a leading figure in international circles, a great artist, told me I was brilliant. I, being one to constantly deflect praise away, said that it was the students who are, not me. "No," he said. "I can see it in what they did tonight. You are brilliant."
I am not one to toot my own horn but this remark, coming from someone of such magnificent accomplishment, felt really good to hear.
So now I will take a rare afternoon nap. I have many things to be thankful for today.