Cliburn host family diary: Retail therapy

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Maybe there's a tiny bit of Mama Rose (the quintessential overbearing stage mother in the Broadway hit show Gypsy ) in every mom, but the excruciating wait for Thursday’s semifinals announcement made me ever so grateful that my children did not seek lives on the stage.

By mid-afternoon Luca and I were really buggy, so I suggested one of my favorite stress-management techniques: shopping!

Evidently, while American men fancy Armani, cool young Italians wear Levis with Gap shirts. Levis sell for 125 euros in Milano, so the $39 per pair Dillard's special was just what the doctor ordered.

While the evening’s announcement was so very disappointing for him, Luca was, nevertheless, gracious and circumspect and a very good sport when we insisted that we should all drown our sorrows with some Tex Mex.

Since then, Luca’s taken a couple of days off from the piano, playing some tennis and even joining us at our family reunion and jumping right into the annual family Texas Hold ’em poker tournament. He will be here for a few more days and was back at work this morning practicing the Rach 3 for his Oct. 16-17 concert performances with La Verdi in Milano.

Rach 3.... LIVE in my very own living room. Hmmm...I’m thinking all of the stress and worry definitely has it rewards.

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