Think System

This week, I had the pleasure of attending my youngest grand daughter’s band concert. She is eleven years old and has chosen the trombone as her instrument. It was comical when she walked out on stage with her band members because my Jenna is now five foot four and the tallest one in her class. The Music Man flashed back in my mind as we sat and listened to the best concert ever performed. I felt the same pride as the parents of the band taught by Howard Hill began to play. He taught using the Think System which didn’t require knowing anything about music. I know her maternal grand mother beamed down upon her with heavenly pride. My Barbara was a musical person who played and sang beautifully all her life. Her paternal grandfather who is over six feet tall beams with pride when he sees her height.

The flashback to the Music Man also brought back tender memories of my first love Barbara. The movie was current when we courted and when we saw it we fell in love with each other and the music too. We adopted “Till There Was You” as our song, and sang it to each other many times during our time together. I sang it to her as my last farewell just before she lapsed into coma. The concert brought me joy because I heard my grand-daughter play her trombone skillfully. It brought back fond memories of great times with her grand mother, and then it brought me into sadness as I remembered our last moments together.

Ocean Day

Atlantic BeachOne of the greatest gifts a grandfather can receive is the realization that his grandchildren are maturing into fantastic human beings. On Christmas eve my Dana gave me a piece of her work. I hadn’t realized that she is a poet. Fourteen year olds are not usually  very poetic. To my amazement, she is; she is also athletic, musical, and a brain. I’m not too proud.

Let me share the gift she gave me:

Ocean Day

With the pale light of dawn

The waters seem mystically drawn

Sunrise sending peach light

Waking from the black night

Foam tickling the shoreline

With the sweet smell of brine

Patiently waiting for the sky

To open with a silent sigh

Sun’s rays begin to reach

Warming sands of the beach

Waves caress the shore more eagerly

Crashing with puzzling glee

Rhythmic pattern spellbinding

Beauty absolutely blinding

Every sound a pure note

Sharing a hushed anecdote

Endless blue, from aqua to indigo

Below an eternal sky’s glow

Dreamer’s delight

Of magical flight

A whole new world

A different view unfurled

Day to twilight

Unexplainable sight

Sunset painting

Color draining

Moon, pearly white

Stars shining bright

Another day gone

Just to open up to another dawn.

Dana, I love you!

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