Monthly Archives: December 2012

Thoughts on a Violin

In the fifth grade, we were introduced to orchestra instruments.  If we wanted to play, we needed to pick one out.

I wanted to play the violin.

My parents said no.

I am tone deaf.

My dad’s dad played violin tone deaf and it was awful.

I wouldn’t know.

He died before I was born.

There are stern looking pictures of him at my parents wedding.

Dad didn’t like to talk about him so I don’t really have a clue on who he was.

I do know about the violin.  I also know that he was involved in church.  So we have 2 things in common.  I do hope that he wasn’t so stern that he never laughed or saw the lighter side of life.  I like to think that we might have had a relationship built from the things we loved in common.

I think my parents told me to pick a different instrument.

If they did.  I told them no.

I only had eyes for the violin.

When my kids were little, my brother in law heard I’d like to learn the guitar.  He had one he wasn’t using.  He gave it to me and I’d practice in the hall after the kids were in bed.

A few years ago a fellow juggler told me he was playing the ukulele, we have 4 fingers and the uke has 4 strings.

I got one and learned to play.

Last week a friend gave me a flyer on a sale from the symphony orchestra.  It is a fund raiser.

My fifth grade self jumped up and down for joy.  I could get a good instrument, a better instrument than I would pay for.

I had a friend’s daughter give me a lesson so I’d have an idea of what to look for and if I really wanted to pursue the violin.

I have some books at the library waiting for me to pick up tonight.  In the mean time, I’ve been checking out internet for what to do with the violin.

I don’t regret that it took 40 years to finally get one.  1st, my fifth grade self did not have the discipline to practice. 2nd she wasn’t allowed to make mistakes, 3rd my parents won’t have to hear any screeching as I learn.

What I would have regretted is if I hadn’t listened and get one now.

and it gives me something to do at 2 am when Gpa gets up for his cookie.

Napping Through a Movie

Saturday, my daughter and I watched a movie.  Gpa did too.  Well as much as he can watch TV anymore.

About halfway through, my daughter pointed out that Gpa was asleep.  We both took pictures.  Then I put him to bed.

When I came back to the den, I told my daughter that I should go to sleep now since Gpa would be up in a few hours.

Needless to say. I stayed up and finished watching the movie.


Oldest Juggler

Gpa comes to juggling class with me.  Most times, he watches, or naps.

Sometimes he’ll interact with the kids.  I consider him my oldest student.

Today, even though we had 9 on the list, they came and went. There was a 15 minute slot in the middle where it was just Gpa and me.

So I had him pass a bean bag with me.

He did very well.  He has a good throw. I toss it in his lap, so I have a bigger target than he does.

I don’t think we ever played catch when I was a kid.  He loved to far away until I was ten.

And then it was a weekly trip to the mall with Mom and Gma and my sister.

Which was OK with me.

And so was today.

Just a Matter of Time part 2

The day care was concerned with what looked like fluid retention around Gpa’s waist.  I called it in and the doctor prescribed a diuretic.  I was to give Gpa one pill in the morning.

I had planned to pick up the pills that night but I was tired and hungry and there were 3 cars in line.  So I figured I’d get the pills in the morning.

I also was concerned at what we’ve been forcing Gpa’s body to do.  He was dehydrated and we pump a bunch of bags of IV fluids into him.  If that is what the fluid was.  I’m not sure as it was 3 days after returning from the hospital.  Where had this fluid been?

And now we were going to force the fluid to leave his body.

I’m not sure how his body would have reacted but I would have been “Make up your mind already!”

Well, he got up around 2 am and had a cookie and I took him to the bathroom.  He wasn’t as swollen.  He was very wet and I had to change his sheets.

I figured, we’d see if this was still the case in the morning.  It was.  So he didn’t get the pill.

I gotta go.  He’s asking for a cookie.


Just a Matter of Time

I had to take Gpa to the hospital this weekend.  I thought he was stroking out but they said he was dehydrated.  I and Everyone who knows Gpa was surprised that he was.

He’s home now, after a few bags of saline solution.

I took him to his doctor to follow up.

He said it was just a matter of time.  Yes, you can say that about anyone.  If you do not die today, it is just a matter of time before you do.

I didn’t say this aloud.  I just nodded.  Good grief he’s 101.

I am glad that he ordered a hospital bed and a home health care evaluation.

Maybe we will be able to keep Gpa from falling when he gets out of bed in the middle of the night.