Over the years there have been a variety of people who have touched my life in many different ways. The last two days I have been reflecting on one such person.
My sophomore year in high school I made a decision that made a huge impact on my life, I changed high schools. I did this for a few reasons, but that isn’t the crux of this post. When I started at my new school as a junior, Our Lady of Nazareth Academy (Naz), I knew I wanted to get into their music program. I had been singing and acting since I was in the 5th grade. It was such a big part of my life, and it was such a big part of the Naz community.
The head of the music department was Mrs Tamagini (Mrs. T.). Mrs. T. knew how to make every girl who crossed her path feel special. You wanted to excel to show Mrs. T. that her respect was well deserved.
I took private lessons with Mrs. T. both my junior and senior years. This gave me an opportunity to not only work one-on-one with my singing, but also have time alone with her. Lessons were very focused, but she always took time to check in and make sure all was ok too.
I always knew that my time with Mrs. T. was a special time and that she enjoyed this time with me, just as she did with the other girls who had lessons.
Mrs. T. was in charge of the choral performances, the plays and musicals. I spent a lot of time in the auditorium during the two years I was at Naz, and I knew that Mrs. T. would always have a smile and kind word for me.
While I don’t sing as much, if any anymore, the time I spend with her showed that I music could bring people together.
Thank you Mrs. T. for everything you did for me, and every other girl who crossed your path in their years at Naz. I lift up these memories in songs of praise and know that you have been raised up on eagles wings in order to become an angel for all your girls.
Rest in peace Mrs. Tamagini…. I love you