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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Accent (02/21/13)

TITLE: My Nanna's Piano
By Pamela Weeden


My Nannaís Piano

Her piano had sat silent for years.

Yellowed keys, untouched by hands grown arthritic and old, lay in quiet retirement; music just ghosts in the dust.

Still it held pride of place: a display cabinet for all our achievements, photographs and poster paint creations weighed down in glitter. A place where she marked the milestones of our lives. As time passed and we grew, school uniform shots became wedding day poses and graduation memories; childish art gave way to tiny prints of grandchildrenís feet. In the stool, she kept every card she had ever been given.

On the top of that piano lay our opuses. With a pianistís gifted hands, she played out the composition of our lives. She decided what it was about us that should be allowed to resonate, to stand out and to be the note that lingered. She decided where the staccato should lay; where the things of which we could be proud should be framed by emphatic silence. Our falls, our hurts and the parts of us sometimes broken she marked with accents and allowed them to taper away and blend into the quiet. She decided where the light should fall.

Through an old piano she could no longer play; she taught us that life is a manuscript full of layered instructions and tiny marks hovering over black notes. How this is played, however, lies in our hands. How we measure the quality of our lives, what we choose to see in others and what we choose to leave in the hearts of our audience long after the performance has finished is a matter of deciding which should be the notes that resonate and linger and which we allow to blend into background harmony.

Now she is gone and her piano is with me. Life continues. My clumsy fingers coax melodies from those yellowed keys and they can tell stories once more. It is in those snaps of my children in Christmas play costumes competing for space with Motherís Day gifts, however, that I find her. As I play out the compositions of my childrenís lives, help them to acknowledge their strengths and teach them where the light should fall, I truly understand her gift to me.

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Joseph Veseli03/03/13
This was a great read. I really enjoyed it. The descriptions were really engaging and I found myself at the piano myself. Thank you for that!!!
Judith Gayle Smith03/03/13
Beyond Beginner! This was so wonderfully written - the emotions and thoughts drew me in. Best rethink your level . . .

Loving you in through and because of Jesus, the Christ . . .

Have you "thrown a brick"?

C D Swanson 03/05/13
Awwww. This brought tears to my eyes and touched my heart while making it smile. Lovely lovely piece, I loved it, and the tribute to your grandmother. Thank you for sharing!

God bless you~
Allen Povenmire 03/06/13
Oh, I have the feeling you'll not stay at the Beginner level long. Bravo! The piece played like the melodies of the piano you most effectively used to pay tribute. Great read!
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 03/07/13
This is really beautiful. I'm not very musical and give new meaning to the words tone deaf, yet still your piece spoke volumes to me. I always enjoy it when an author introduces me to a new word--opuses--Any artistic work, esp. one on a large scale. How cool is that word? I think you handled the topic in a delightful way and I thoroughly enjoyed this work of art.
Judith Gayle Smith03/07/13
Thank you for glorifying God with your true, honest, just, pure, lovely, good, virtuous and praiseworthy winning entry! God bless you.

Love and verbal hugs, Judi

KJV Revelation 14:12 "Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus."
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 03/07/13
Congratulations for placing 5th in your level and 27 overall! The highest rankings can be found on the message boards.
Janet Richey 03/07/13
I loved this. Sometimes the instrument is as meaningful as the music, and you hit the mark. It brought a tear to my eye, and made me want to meet that amazing nanna.
Allen Povenmire 03/07/13
Congratulations on your high finish! Keep up the good writing Pam.
C D Swanson 03/08/13
Congrats! God bless~