I repeatedly wiped the sweat from my hands on the program I clutched, as I sat nervously waiting my turn. Luis grabbed my hand and assured me that I would do fine. My heart pounded and I tried to think of something else. Oh why, oh why did I choose high heels? What if I fall on the way to the stage? What if my heel catches on the pedal? I winced as I heard others make nervous mistakes, thinking that I was in the same boat. It doesn’t matter, I’m just going to do my best. Hmph, I should’ve just decided to play a piece on the violin! Think of something else, think of something else. My fingers were swollen by now (that happens when I get nervous and sweaty!). There was no way I could make it through my whole recital piece. It was my turn. I walked up confidently and bowed to the audience. I smiled slyly as they applauded and sat myself down on the stool. Why this sudden confidence? There was no way I could make it through the Alleluia piece. So I did what I had to do. I played Popcorn and Peanuts from Charley Brown, a song that I had been playing since my childhood. The audience went wild with applause when I finished (especially my classmates who knew right away that I had changed songs). I bowed again and smiled triumphantly. As I walked back to my seat, I couldn’t help but notice the shocked and serious expression on my piano professor’s face. There would be apologies later!!!!