I can finally share with you Princess One's epic journey of being a flute player in her band. She got 3rd chair in her school band this February. Her basking in the flute's-3rd-chair glory came to an abrupt end when the 4th chair flute player challenged her. As a rule in her band, the lower chair can challenge the upper chair and they have a week to practice whatever musical piece the challenger wants to play. They would then square off during their band practice after a week and the music teacher will judge who played the piece better. The one who challenged her was the originally the 5th chair this February (she was the 1st chair last school year) and we'll call her C, who eventually challenged the 4th chair, and we'll call her M. The original 4th chair, M, refused to square off and as a rule, because she refused, she then got demoted to 5th chair without a fight and the challenger automatically became the 4th chair, and that's C. Now that C reached 4th chair, she then challenged Princess One for the 3rd chair. The piece was Surf in USA and Princess One was grinning from ear to ear when both of them tied. Then came the second square off and they had to play the Rainbow Connection, this time, she dislodged Princess One from her 3rd chair seat. When she was about to challenge C again for the 3rd chair, Princess One overheard C challenging the 2nd chair already and then, the 5th chair, M, challenged her in return. I agree with what their music teacher said, "Being challenged will help you become a better flute player." To cut the story short, last Tuesday, Princess One was bumped to the 5th chair and I could truly see the frustration and disappointment by the way she kept on playing the music piece over and over again. She couldn't get past the shock that she was bumped to 5th chair. This was one of those moments when as a mother, I just had to let my daughter experience the pain (because it's part of her growth), and be there to give moral support. Life is full of challenges and sometimes, we don't get the things we want, so I had to explain that to her. That probably, there's something better for her in the future, and she needs to persevere (and practice a lot) if she wants to have a higher chair in flute. At that moment, I had to help her cope with the disappointment for not meeting her goal, and what better way to do it than a Ben and Jerry's Chocolate Fudge Brownie ice cream? I didn't need the extra calories then, but it sure boosted Princess One's spirit. How about you? What do you do to cope up with disappointments?
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