And in the audience was one of my former professors and two former students. And I realized how intimidating it is to perform for one's students. I thought of all that I might hope for them, and looked into myself to see if it was there, if I could demonstrate what I might teach. It is very difficult to hold oneself to one's ideals. And intimidating to face it. And so I focused on making mistakes, on making them as gracefully and with as little disruption as possible. Imperfection is a part of every performance, and perhaps this is the best place to teach the acceptance of that, at that time. Of course we always strive for perfection, but there must be a point when we forget it and remember the larger goal which it must ultimately serve.
So there was more to learn in this place. Wonderful to step back into another time, to be in touch with it and all it continues to give.