This evening I gave Bella a little Christmas tree ornament. Bella is our son Theo’s piano teacher (see also July 15 and November 9), and today she held a beautiful sing-along evening for her students and families. About 40 people crowded into her living room and sang along with the young performers as they tackled songs as diverse as Frosty the Snowman, California Dreamin’ and Baba O’Reilly. Theo performed Let it Be almost perfectly, despite his fear that he didn’t know it well enough to play in front of others. All the kids were a little nervous, but Bella’s loving teaching and encouragement and the warm, friendly atmosphere made performing a little less scary for them all.