We got there and my stomach was doing somersaults inside me.
Linda and Mom went out to the car to get something, and I huddled with Critter.
Mom and Linda got back, and we went to the main room. We found a bench, and sat down.
Critter had to go and sit in the very front, on the right. On the left there was a piano.
My leg was bouncing like crazy. My heart was pounding, I was so nervous.
Finally Critter was called to play. My heart jumped for him. I chewed my lip as he announced his piece.
Christopher is done!!
One by one the others went.
The judicature was so nice. I felt more relaxed while he was judging them. He made everyone laugh.
He said some of the kids had hands like brooms, when you want to have your hand like a mop.
He said, if you break a window, you can't fix it. When you miss a note, don't go back.
Finally he was giving the third place paper, the second..and....
Christopher got FIRST!
I was so happy!
He came back and sat down. One minute later, my class was up.
Bam. My calmness was gone. My heart pounded again.
I sat in the number five place, even though I was number four, because someone didn't show.
A girl named Lisa sat on my right, and a girl named Emily sat on my left.
The first person was up.
Then the second.
She came and sat down again, and I thought, 'That was a cool song.'
I gasped silently as I realized, I am next.
I stared at the woman who would tell me it was my turn.
'Oop, I'm staring..' I thought, and looked in front of me.
Slowly, I turned my eyes back to her.
She saw me staring.
I quickly looked at the ground.
I once again looked at her.
I pretended I didn't stare.
I looked at my hands, and looked at my feet, and..I looked at the woman.
My heart jumped into my mouth. It was my turn.
I got up, and walked to the stage.
"I'm going to play the Sonatina in G-major by Beethoven, the second Movement."
My hands were shaking as I sat down.
Breathe in and breathe out.
And I began to play.
Going good so far..
OH NO! Missed that note. Don't stop though.
Uh oh. I slowed down way to much there.. no.. no.. no.. But I can't stop.
Yeah! I got that part right!
Emily whispered "Good job."
I whispered "Thanks, and I liked that song you played. I thought it was cool."
Wait some more.
And the judicature came up.
He said again that we had to have loose hands.
He said to some that you shouldn't play forte too loud. But it depends on the song. He told me I shouldn't slow down too soon. I was kicking myself because I knew I did slow down.
Then, just like before, he started with third place.
I can't remember who got what.
I held my breath...
My smile was hard to contain as I walked back to Mom.
Then Mom got pictures with us and the judicature, and we left for Linda's recital.
We got there and sat down, Critter and I feeling a lot more relived.
I was still nervous for Linda though.
After two people had gone, Linda's class was up.
Linda was the second person to go.
She walked up and announced her piece and sat down at the brand new grand piano and played.
She was done.
She didn't mess up.
The others went, and then the judicature came.
He talked to everyone.
Then, he gave the third place away.
It wasn't Linda.
Hold your breath...
LINDA GOT FIRST PLACE!
She got her picture taken with her judicature, and then we left.
We got pickles before we went home because we were hungry.
We had three pickles each. Yammay.
Then we stopped at Mrs. Lear's.
We made her guess our scores, then we showed her.
She was quite happy with us.
And, after getting pictures with her, we left for home.
that was what happened in Walkerton.
That's a lot of stress off.
But then, I still have a recital to go to, and then an exam. *Siiiiigh.*