My keyboard classes concluded today. It was very special. I still cannot finish The Prayer. I had wished to perfect it today, but it seems that I still need to observe. I still need to persevere. During this final meeting, Kuya O got to know so much more about me. That I am a very active pupil in school, that I want to take up either political science or journalism in either UP or Ateneo, respectively. That I can write for shiz. He even got to read the initial parts of The Boy with the Fork in His Side, which is a story I made for my Sophomore English Class. The biggest shocker, I think though, is divulging to him and Teacher Bong that I had been taking this class for the past three weeks without either of my parents knowing. I myself find it charming now that despite my many extracurricular, I still pursued this course. And that I still opted for Gardner above all. Well, keyboard is the only class that I never missed a session of. In a way, I was also relieved that it was to end. Now Kuya O won’t have to give up a lot of his time just so he could tutor me. And believe me; I am very difficult to teach. Nevertheless he has remained patient throughout, so for that, I want him to get a well-deserved respite every Tuesday at 1 -3 in the afternoon, and again every Friday at 1 – 2 PM. He’s a very great teacher, and I owe all the world to him.
Keyboard will forever hold a spot in my core. It’s not just the course, but also the art of music, and music being played right beneath my fingers. I feel that this whole affair has brought me closer to my musical endeavors, and I hope to go all the way with it. Now that I know so much about it, there’s no stopping me. Not this time, you’re not.
After keyboard, when I got home, I just about felt good about myself. Just felt good about a lot of things again. I am thankful that I got a one-on-one module for only P2,400. That I got to use my keyboard again, and that it finally has its AC power adaptor back, which I found inside an old, smelly cabinet. I am grateful that I have done it. That I just went with it and did it. As I have written, I am relieved, but in a lot of ways, I am also disheartened because I really enjoyed this, and I will very much miss it. Before I started, there were times when I doubted my choice to go with this, and there was a time when I considered putting off it until next summer. But when I was running out of time, I decided not to think anymore, and just went with my intuition. It was now or never. Those were the choices, and apparently, now was the answer.
I will now feel at ease every time I push the keys of that electric organ. Not anymore discomfited or frustrated because, now, I have a mentor whom I can approach whenever I need help. I think now that there will always be that sweet summer smell for every time I play The Prayer, or every time I carry the keyboard case which I so skillfully sewed out of old school uniforms myself. Gardner will forever be the very scent of it, for that is the only place where it had quietly reposed. Gardner – which has been my haven every time I walk to it, about three blocks from my house, carrying the heavy bag with a keyboard inside, under the blazing sun of May, then under the rain for every time I go back home. It had freshened me up with its air conditioner all these weeks. It had made me feel at home. I should remember it for every time I play. Then perhaps, I should also remember Kuya O, and Sir Bong, and Ma’am Lynn and all the others at Gardner Integrated School. Maybe next summer, who knows, I might do it again. Thank you Sir/Kuya Olan Alagao. More power to you and God bless, idol!
So here I am in my parent’s room – keyboard poised on the floor. It is one of my favorite spots for playing music because in here, everything just sounds so peaceful; every note sounds so infinite. I have just finished playing my instrument. I hope I can upload a video one of these days! Keyboard, Taekwondo, swimming – they are all done today. I am so glad that I gave time for all of them this summer. I HAVE FINALLY DONE IT: THE GREATEST SUMMER ESCAPADE. It wasn’t how I pictured it to be. It was dang hectic, and I wasn’t always happy. But add them altogether, and they make me smile. What an experience – it was really something.
This is the purpose of bobsbigbeerbelly. It only took us a year to accomplish them all. And for that… well, here’s to us.
And happy birthday, Lola Olive.