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A Little Reassurance

I have come to love grocery shopping time. I practice 2-3 hours in the morning, have lunch, then off we (my toddler and I) go to the store. It has become special time just for us. I put him in the grocery cart seat, and somehow, it becomes special play time for us while I do my shopping. We do things like say silly words to each other, make silly (soft) noises to each other, find letters and numbers around the store, and just all around have a good time. My absolute favorite thing that happens, though, is when we are making our silly soft sounds face-to-face and then he grabs my face and plants a beautiful (often sloppy) kiss right on my cheek. LOVE it! No matter what has happened to me that morning or even that week, those gorgeous kisses make it all just right.

As a mother, you really need those little bits of reassurance from your children. Day after day it’s often an onslaught of attitude, push-back, tantrums, arguing, the list goes on. It can wear you down emotionally and even physically. Any little sign of adoration from your children can be a little rainbow or ray of sunshine in an otherwise weary day. I treasure any of these moments, as any mother would.

I love my children so much. I give them spontaneous hugs and kisses. I read to them, play with them, and remind them how much they mean to me. I don’t actually expect it in return. I just want them to know how much I love them and care about them. I explain why we have rules, why I get frustrated, why I’m upset, etc. We communicate well. So, it makes it all so worth the effort to get a random hug, smile, or kiss from your children. Talk about encouragement! It’s one of the many reasons why I love being a mother and why there is no other love to be felt than that of love for your children. We need that reassurance, and I’ll take it over anything. Period.



I have been active as a freelance performer since 1992 and as a teacher since 1996. I currently serve as Second Flute with the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic orchestra and have performed with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Indianapolis Chamber Winds, Terre Haute Symphony Orchestra, Danville (Illinois) Symphony Orchestra, Bloomington Symphony Orchestra, Bloomington Chamber Singers Orchestra, and the United States Collegiate Wind Band’s European Tour, among other ensembles. I have also enjoyed performing for various occasions such as formal and charitable recitals as well as giving master classes at Butler University in Indianapolis and at Morehead State University in Morehead, Kentucky. I am also Adjunct Professor of Flute at Indiana Wesleyan University. I earned a Master of Music in Performance with Distinction at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, England studying with Peter Lloyd and Laura Jellicoe. While in England, I played in charitable concerts for St. Augustine’s Catholic Church. I was featured as a soloist at the Pennine Spring Music Festival in Heptonstall, England in addition to performing in the music festival’s orchestral and solo events. I earned a Bachelor of Science in Performance with Distinction at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music where I studied principally with Kathryn Lukas. While at Indiana University, I also had the incredible opportunity to study for several weeks with Barbara Kallaur on baroque flute, Donald Peck, Thomas Robertello, and Kate Hill. I am lucky to be the mother of three beautiful and talented children, and I play on a wonderful David Straubinger 10K gold flute with 14K head joint.

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