Years ago, I met a family while lingering around Guitar Center. I overheard them talking about buying a guitar setup for their daughter, and so I offered my card and we had a conversation. I started lessons with them shortly after meeting them and I worked with the daughter, Christine, for several years.
I learned early on that her mother had cancer, and that she was battling for her life, so her mom’s health was often a topic that I would check in on week to week as we worked. I would do my best to help distract her from the difficulty of the situation, while also flowing with the emotional shifts that were coming with the coping process. She was a very good student, and took to the guitar and singing with an open mind and great ease.
Sadly, sometime after we started lessons, her mom passed away. It was a heavy time in their house, and I did all I could to help Christine and her father feel supported by my presence.