The other day, Peppermint Patty asked, as she was preparing to play me an assigned piece, whether she should use the pedal. The piece, from her 2B Adventure Book, was marked to sustain the pedal for its entire length, without pumping it clear.
I understand her reticence. I myself did not feel warranted to use this luxury item until I had voted in 4 different presidential elections and given birth to two sons. My childhood teacher, Frau Klink, did not encourage such audacity. I would pedal only when I earned the privilege.
As a result, my pedaling is furtive and erratic. In hoping that no one will notice I'm feeling entitled to sustain, I'll bleed only half-heartedly. The epithet, "Leadfoot" has been used by more than one professor.
"By all means, Pedal Away" I barked. "It's not just frosting,
It's part of the cake."