In 1972, David received a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from the University of Hawaii. This photo was taken sometime during the 1990s in our home:
This photo was taken in 1973 when I was 27 years old and attending Columbia University in New York City. I was a musicology graduate student at the time:
In 1977, I joined the Karadeniz Folk Music Troupe in Hawaii and met David for the first time at a rehearsal:
I was dressed in this cute costume, sewn by my mother. It was required for participation in Karadeniz, a Balkan folk music band that accompanied a group of folk dancers. David also wore a costume, but I don’t have a photo of it.
After we got married, David and I rarely played our instruments due to lack of time. Eventually, I sold my two violins and David sold his two clarinets.
Our older daughter, Maria, took piano lessons for several years, but she refused to continue after her teacher scolded her for not practicing. Too bad, because Maria was a talented pianist. This is Maria at a piano recital (1987 or 1988):
Our younger daughter, Lisa, preferred to play a wind instrument (recorder) in school. This is a photo of Maria and Lisa in our home (1983):
When I noticed the piano becoming a catch-all for books and papers, I sold it and bought two book cases instead.
These days, my hobbies are blogging and cooking, whereas David likes to watch TV and exercise at the gym.
Our grandkids, Julia (age 7) and Rylan (age 5), can sing very well. Maybe, someday, they will want to take up an instrument, too.