The day arrived and I reminded her about her reward, stating that I would even order it from my phone the minute she finished playing her song in the Talent Show. I requested that she be early in the program and she was second. I went up to turn the pages for her. She got over halfway through the piece before making a couple of errors. At one point, she stopped playing and hung her head. I encouraged her to keep going and to finish the song. Then she started crying whilst playing the song. I felt completely helpless at that point. Here she was, playing the song - not evening looking at the music, I might add - and was crying. After she finished the song, she picked up her music and ran to the bathroom.
After talking with her for a few minutes, it became clear that she expected herself to play it perfectly and, if she didn't, then it was "so embarrassing." I told her that THE MOST important part is doing her best AND finishing the song no matter what, and she did that. I think that this experience was the single hardest thing that Anna has ever done in her life to this point. She is shy, by nature, and performing isn't something she would ever choose to do. I am so proud of my baby girl.