I have served off and on the Primary over the past 20+ years. I have most often been the primary pianist. On other occassions a primary work teaching the older girls.
My current callings in the Primary are the Primary Pianist and the Activity Day Leader.
When I first started playing the piano for Primary I was 18 years old. I was not that good, yet I seemed to be a magnet - drawing the small children to the piano bench as I played. I always thought the kids were really cute and that they just enjoyed watching someone play.
As the years have passed I noticed that there were other pianist in Primary, but they did not have the same draw. I thought it was odd.
I have been serving in the Primary now as the Primary Pianist for the last year and a half. I am still a magnet and the children enjoy coming around the piano before primary starts to sing along; or to watch; or just to chat with me while I play. I have my own thoughts regarding this phenomenon that occurs each Sunday (I have chosen to keep those thoughts to myself) :)
Yesterday right before the third hour one of the classes arrived for singing and sharing time a little early. Sister Beck has a group of about 5 kids on a regular basis. A group of kindergartners :)
One by one each one of the children in her class walked up to me and expressed their gratitude for being the Primary Pianist. I was taken aback at first and then as each one said thank you I gave them each a big hug and shared a sweet comment.
Sometimes the best expressions of gratitude come the most humble of individuals. Their sincere words and loving expressions bring great peace to a trouble soul. I am grateful for the blessing and opportunities I have to serve in the church. And I am especially grateful for the opportunity to serve Heavenly Father's precious little angels.