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Dianne Salerni : Writer of Teen and Middle Grade Fiction | Mom Bragging Rights

Mom Bragging Rights

After posting that picture of toddler-Gabbey last week, I owe her one! And besides, this is worth bragging about. Gone are the days when Gabbey would (repeatedly) stick her head through the porch railing to confirm that (once again) she could get it stuck there. This is my grown-up girl now, just finished eighth grade and on her way to high school next year.

Gabbey and her friend Mike performed in the middle school talent show last week. With Gabbey on viola and Mike on cello, they performed an original arrangement inspired by The Final Countdown by Europe. They had no sheet music – Mike and Gabbey arranged this piece and played it by ear.

It’s a shame they had to perform in the gymnasium, but let’s not get me started on the lack of funding for the arts versus … say, sports. They were awesome in spite of the lousy acoustics.

Congratulations, Gabbey and Mike and all the other performers at the middle school talent show, especially Anna and former students of mine, Lori and Alexis. I was proud of you!

12 Responses to Mom Bragging Rights

  1. Sarah says:

    To Gabbey: I sincerely wish I could have been as poised and stylish an eighth grader as you are, and, as a former viola player myself, I say: you rocked that piece! Great job!

    To Dianne: You have every right to be proud! Thanks for sharing this!

  2. salarsenッ says:

    I’m in awe, Dianne. They grow up and become real people so quickly. Amazing job on both your parts. 🙂

  3. Bragging rights TOTALLY in order!! So great, Dianne! What an awesome daughter you have and WOW what an amazing duo they are!!!

  4. Linda G. says:

    That was awesome! Totally brag-worthy. 🙂

  5. I watched their performance on facebook- they did such a good job! You def have mommy bragging rights! lol

  6. Claire Dawn says:

    You’re right. The acoustics doth verily suck! (lol)

    Congrats to Gabbey and Mike on a great performance though and writing it themselves… I did music- I appreciate how hard that is.

  7. Jackee says:

    What a cute girl! And so talented! I’ve always admired violists–they are the ones who get the least recognition in an orchestra yet deserve it so much. (I played the violin for a lot of years, so that’s a strong admission. lol)

    Have a great week, Diane! Thanks for sharing!

  8. You deinfitely have bragging rights. How wonderful and what talent!

  9. Congratulations on having such a talented young lady for a daughter! Looks a lot like you, too.

  10. Tell her none of us thought she was still getting her head stuck in between rails!

    How impressive to play from memory. I wish her the best in high school!

  11. Wow–What an awesome moment for you and for Gabbey! I love those parental moments when thing are great.

    And, seriously, I remember being all gawky and awkward in 8th grade. Go Gabbey for her poise and grace! And for getting up in front of an audience like that. Brave. Wonderful.

  12. That would be awesome to hear. I loved that song. You didn’t video tape it, did you? 😀