Recently my wife and I sat charmed at an outdoor performance by young Suzuki violin
students. After the concert, an instructor spoke briefly on how children as young as two,
three and four years old are taught to play violin. The first thing the children learn, he
said, is a proper stance. And the second thing the children learn--even before they pick
up the violin--is how to take a bow. "If the children just play the violin and stop,
people may forget to show their appreciation," the instructor said. "But when
the children bow, the audience invariably applauds. And applause is the best motivator
we've found to make children feel good about performing and want to do it well."
Adults love applause too. Being affirmed makes us feel wonderful. If you want to rekindle
or keep the flame of love glowing in your marriage through the years, try showing and
expressing your appreciation for your mate. Put some applause in your marriage and watch
Dr. Ernest Mellor, in Homemade, November 1984.
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