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Well, That Was Embarrassing

September 12, 2022

Well, that was super embarrassing.

I was in the middle of teaching a piano lesson to sibling number two (out of three) when my left hand, wrist, and arm started hurting so bad that I could not concentrate on a thing.

I took my Fitbit off and tried to ignore the pain.

Finally, I told the mother, “Ummmm, something is wrong with my left arm. I think I’m having a reaction to the blood draw I had this morning–they had to take it out of my hand–or I’m having a stroke or heart attack or something.”😳

I told my student, “I’m sorry, sweetie. This is what you get for taking lessons from an old lady.” 😂

About Marie de Haan

Marie is a gifted pianist, playing since the age of nine. As a teenager, she composed mainly instrumental piano music. She released her powerful debut single, “I Am Broken,” on October 22, 2020, a song whose creation drew heavily upon the trauma she endured as a victim of childhood sexual abuse. Marie held a benefit concert on September 10, 2021, in Skagit County. A portion of the proceeds went to CrossRoads Youth Ranch; this local organization—through equine therapy—empowers “at-risk and sexually exploited youth to heal, grow, and thrive.” She has continued to write music: Christian, folk, and country. Marie loves hiking, gardening, and photography. The Pacific Northwest—where she lives with her husband—is the backdrop for her favorite activities.