Matt and Mandy

    “Matt and Mandy,” Friend, Mar. 2015, 42

    Matt and Mandy

    Friend Magazine, 2015/03 Mar

    I hate how nervous I get at piano recitals. I practiced hard, but …

    Cassie’s a lot younger than I am, but she’s so much better. And I’m next after her. Yikes!

    Later, at home.

    I guess I did OK. But I’ll never be as good as Cassie. Maybe my lessons are just a waste of money.

    Cassie does have a special gift. Someday she might be better than your teacher. But—

    Not everything is a competition. I know you like making music. And we enjoy it too. When you were playing, your dad’s head was back and his eyes were closed.

    Yeah, he does that in church sometimes too.

    Well, he was smiling. And tapping his fingers. He was enjoying it, and so was I.

    Just do your best, and you’ll enjoy your gift too.