Day 3 9.23.2013
I've noticed a couple of changes in my body since starting my new rehab regimen. One (and I had no idea it would happen this fast) is that my skin looks great! It's the water. This time of year, my skin on my face gets all dry & flaky, and I have to moisturize like crazy every day because if I don't I look like some creepy, flaky skinned creature from a horror film. But this morning I looked in the mirror and my skin is rosy and soft. So, GO WATER!! That, more even than the benefits to my voice, may be what keeps me on the hydration bandwagon. Really, sometimes I can be so vain.
I'm back to teaching, which is, at times, a challenge, since I can't tell my piano students what I want them to do, and I can't show my voice students, well ... anything. I have written out an explanation for everyone, which I have the younger students read aloud, with their parents beside them, so if they don't understand what's wrong with me, Mom or Dad can help in the telling. My first student was Ethan. He is a 6-year-old budding pianist, whose mom is a high school band director (and a very cool woman). Ethan is in first grade and is very proud of his reading abilities, so I had him read my open letter out loud. After he got the idea that Miss Ari has a black & blue ON THE INSIDE (which blew his mind), his mom explained it this way ... Mommy plays the clarinet, Ethan plays the piano, Miss Ari's instrument is her voice. If Mommy's clarinet broke, she couldn't play it again until after it was fixed, and that's what Miss Ari has to do with her voice. Explanation understood. So our new lesson format consisted of Ethan being the "teacher" and showing me how to play the exercises in his piano book. We accomplished more in those 30 minutes than we had in the past month of lessons. Amazing what a change in format can do. I'm learning how to teach all over again. I won't go so far as to say I'm grateful for what's happening, but the silver lining sure is evident. And my skin looks fabulous.