My middle name, Ruth, came from my mom's dear friend who taught piano lessons to my older siblings. Later, when we lived in California, I remember listening in on their lessons and going to piano recitals. I also remember crying because I wanted lessons of my own (truth be told, I cried a lot as a child, and still do).
I only took formal piano lessons for about two years, but I've loved playing and teaching myself ever since. I could sit for hours at the piano and play to my heart's content. Part of it is my love for music and the other part is the way my hands feel across the keys, making something beautiful.
After years of being without a piano and searching for one I loved, we brought home an old upright piano this weekend. It's from 1905 and although it could definitely be in better shape, I think it's just perfect.