"Dad, I need you to understand that when I try really hard at something and then you and Mom say that even though it's very good I could do better, and then when I try harder and actually DO do better you still tell me it's not quite right - well, when that happens I have a mental reflex that IMMEDIATELY makes me try to defend myself. I think that's why I sometimes make you guys angry and that's not what I'm trying to do."
Conversation between my daughter C and I while listening to the 2nd movement of Eine Kleine Nachtmusik:
C: "Dad, you look like you're pushing imaginary buttons in the air."
Dad: "Yes, I'm listening to the countermelodies and moving my hands to them. Mozart was a musical genius."
C looks puzzled.
Dad: "A musical genius is one who creates music that really moves you deep inside and can do it more naturally than other people. Kind of like Adam Smith."
C: "Oh. Yes. But I think Adam is a bit better though. I mean, he doesn't control a whole symphony and he's not as famous, but he also doesn't need to be famous to be happy. That's what I like about him."