We have many instruments in our home including a keyboard, violin, clarinet, cello and - yes- a mint green guitar. Sadly for Aziza, we know how to play all of those instruments except the guitar. It turns out that this did not matter to Aziza. Nothing made her happier than me grabbing that guitar and randomly and clumsily struming it back and forth while belting out an unrelated tune at the top of my lungs. She would shriek, giggle, dance and in true Aziza fashion when the excitement got too much she would give herself a punch in the mouth ;) This love of my guitar "playing" resulted in a favorite game that everyone could enjoy ... the Family Band. Everyone would get an instrument (toy drum, toy xylophone, maracas, guitar etc) and we would sing and play as loud as we could. We even created lyrics that would be repeated over and over. The poor neighbours. Aziza loved it and would enthustiastically play along on an instrument right alongside us.
My plan had been to purchase a small guitar or ukelele for Aziza for either Christmas or her birthday. I was looking specifically for a pink or purple guitar for her. I know she would have loved it. I sure miss playing in our Family Band. May there be a fantastic band for you in heaven, sweet Aziza, with a purple guitar all your own.
Aziza enjoying songs played by Ron, our family friend. Who knew
a professor of Egyptology knew so many toddler-friendly songs?
Aziza would often put Sam's hand on the guitar and forcefully
make her strum it. This is the guitar that sparked the start
of our wonderfully crazy Family Band. March 2011.
Aziza enjoying some guitar time with Sandy, her music
therapist. We were so fortunate that Sandy met weekly with
Aziza. It was the highlight of my girl's week. May 2012.
What were the chances that Aziza would spend 3 years with a
teacher who was a musician and played the guitar in class? I
am sure that Aziza was supposed to be sitting in the circle with
the other kids, but here she was soaking in every moment of
her beloved Mrs. A playing the guitar. October 2012.