When Greg and I first met, I was in graduate school working on a Masters degree in Vocal Performance. He asked what I wanted to do with that... and I respoonded by asking if he wanted the right answer or the real answer. He said he guessed he would like to hear both.
The right answer was... to use my degree to teach voice at the college level and travel around performing in operas and oratorios.
The real answer was that I what I really wanted was to be a mom, who could sing professionally on the side when the opportuntiy arose.
This past month I got my wish. I got to spend my days with my wonderful baby girl and my nights rehearsing for and performing in a new opera called Strange Fruit. This was only possible with the encouragement given to me by my wonderful husband, who pushed me out the door when he got home from work so I wouldn't be late, took great care of Clara while I was gone, did the dishes before I got home, and waited up for me to hear my excitement or frustrations... depending on how the night had gone. -He didn't know what he was in for when I gave him my real answer. :)
I am living "the good life," am fully aware of it, and am SO grateful. Thanks to all those who helped watch Clara and to everyone who came to see the show!
Here is a photo of Clara helping me practice...