Piano Lessons

The prompt said, “Describe a person who has influenced your life.” For some reason Alice kept thinking about her piano teacher’s dog, a large setter named Clancy.

She aspired to play piano, but rarely practiced. It was hard to play with her mother calling out from the kitchen, “That was lovely, Alice — but isn’t it supposed to be allegro? Are you using the metronome?”

Her lesson was on Monday. While she waited, Clancy placed his head on her knee and stared at her, wagging his tail. You are wonderful, his eyes said.

She wrote: Clancy Walton taught me many things…


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