Three years ago this beautiful mama entered our lives as my youngest daughter’s violin teacher. What makes this violin teacher special isn’t her infectious passion. It isn’t her silly sense of humor that makes her so well-loved by both our girls. It isn’t even her saintly patience. What makes her special in our family is that she was willing to take our daughter on. You see our youngest has an under-developed left hand…the hand used to finger the violin strings. When we offered to let her try any instrument she wanted, her heart hit on the violin. Later her attention was captured by a pretty, engaging blonde across the room at a “touch and try” event at a music school. We met with MaeLynn Arnold a week after and her carefully weighed response was this…”I want to be a part of your daughter’s story.” MY response was to ugly cry right there in her studio.
When MaeLynn and her husband had their second baby a few months ago, I wanted to write her a story in turn and offered a session as a baby gift. This is the story I wrote the woman who saw the impossible as an opportunity and has lovingly trained my daughter to play like two fingers are enough.
These images could never cover the debt of gratitude I feel.