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There are certain days when we feel our lives change profoundly, days we remember for a lifetime.
Listening to my daughter practice in the other room, I could tell something wasn’t right.
It wasn’t just the scratch and whine of the notes. Something wasn’t right emotionally. I felt an uncomfortable tickle in my stomach. My muscles tightened.
“It’s just violin practice!” I chided myself. “What could possibly be wrong?”
As a scientist, I don’t really believe in a sixth sense or the ability to read minds–unless you’re talking about mothers.
Maybe fathers have it too, but mothers definitely have a special connection to their children. We cut one cord at birth, but maybe there is another cord that remains. I don’t know. But this was one of those moments.
I walked in, trying to appear casual. I’m pretty sure I was shaking. “What’s going on?”
“My nose hurts.”
Her nose? How do you hurt your nose playing a violin? “Do you have a cold?” I asked.
“No. I hit myself in the nose because I was angry I couldn’t get the notes right.”