Welcome to the Piano World Piano Forums
Over 2 million posts about pianos, digital pianos, and all types of keyboard instruments
Join the World's Largest Community of Piano Lovers (it's free)
It's Fun to Play the Piano ... Please Pass It On!

Gifts and supplies for the musician

Piano Acc. & Gift Items in
Piano World's Online Store
In PianoSupplies.com ,(a division of Piano World) our online store for piano and music gifts and accessories, party goods, tuning equipment, piano moving equipment, benches, lamps and more.

Free Shipping on Jansen Artist Piano Benches
(ad) Pianoteq
(ad) Pearl River
Pearl River Pianos
(ad) P B Guide
Acoustic & Digital Piano Guide
Who's Online
114 registered (AndrewJCW, AmandaH, anotherscott, Alagondar, Andrei Kuznetsov, 27 invisible), 1469 Guests and 6 Spiders online.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
(ad) Estonia Piano
Estonia Pianos
Quick Links to Useful Piano & Music Resources
Our Classified Ads
Find Piano Professionals-

*Piano Dealers - Piano Stores
*Piano Tuners
*Piano Teachers
*Piano Movers
*Piano Restorations
*Piano Manufacturers

Quick Links:
*Advertise On Piano World
*Free Piano Newsletter
*Online Piano Recitals
*Piano Recitals Index
*Piano & Music Accessories
*Live Piano Venues
*Music School Listings
* Buying a Piano
*Buying A Acoustic Piano
*Buying a Digital Piano
*Pianos for Sale
*Sell Your Piano
*How Old is My Piano?
*Piano Books
*Piano Art, Pictures, & Posters
*Directory/Site Map
*Virtual Piano
*Music Word Search
*Piano Screen Saver
*Piano Videos
*Virtual Piano Chords
Topic Options
#1017752 - 11/28/08 11:04 PM Unexpcted Thanksgiving Treat
FormerFF Offline
Full Member

Registered: 03/26/08
Posts: 476
Loc: Roswell, GA, USA
This Thanksgiving, in addition to the four of us who live in this house, we had as a guest my mother-in-law, Helen. She has played the piano since she was a little girl. While very young, she had grabbed the leg of a stove and burned her hand, so she was taught the piano so that she would learn to stretch her hand, to keep the scar tissue on her palm pliable.

About three years ago, both she and my father-in-law became ill and were admitted to the hospital within a couple of days of each other. When each was discharged from the hospital, they took up residence in a rehabilitation facility, and when well enough, moved into an assisted living facility. As you would imagine, it wasn't possible for us to move her piano into the assisted living facility, and she hadn't played since she moved from her house. Unfortunately, my father-in-law passed away last spring, so she is the matriarch of my wife's family.

We bought a piano a few weeks ago, so that my older daughter could take lessons, my wife could resume her playing, and so that I could move up from the keyboard I've been using. Helen, being a lifelong pianist, wanted to see the piano. The only seat in the room where the piano is located is the piano bench, so she took a seat in front of the keyboard, and began to tinker around with the keys. After a minute of so, she started to play "Edelweiss" from "The Sound of Music", and continued to play for about 20 minutes, all from memory. Helen is 82 years old, has to use oxygen, has limited mobility, and is on a battery of medications, and quite honestly, we don't know how many more holidays we will have with her. To hear her play again was something very special.

I just thought y'all would appreciate this.
Piano self teaching on and off from 2002-2008. Took piano instruction from Nov 2008- Feb 2011. Took guitar instruction Feb 2011-Jul 2013. Can't play either. Living, breathing proof some people aren't cut out to make music.

(ad) Piano & Music Accessories
piano accessories music gifts tuning and moving equipment
#1017753 - 11/28/08 11:18 PM Re: Unexpcted Thanksgiving Treat
NancyM333 Offline
1000 Post Club Member

Registered: 11/06/06
Posts: 1550
Loc: Roswell, Georgia
What a very lovely story, FormerFF. That must have been a tremendous treat for Helen as well. Being able to contribute music to the group must have made her feel great. I hope she can come over and play regularly if she lives near you. Actually, I wonder if her facility has a public piano that she could play on. It seems like many facilities do.


Estonia 168, Yamaha UX3

#1017754 - 11/28/08 11:21 PM Re: Unexpcted Thanksgiving Treat
Rickster Offline

Registered: 03/25/06
Posts: 9335
Loc: Georgia, USA
Hi, FormerFF,

That was a very interesting and heart warming story.

Happy Thanksgiving from a fellow Georgian! And, tell Helen I said hello.

Best regards,

Piano enthusiast and amateur musician: "Treat others the way you would like to be treated". Yamaha C7. YouTube Channel

#1017755 - 11/28/08 11:26 PM Re: Unexpcted Thanksgiving Treat
Kawai, HI Offline
Full Member

Registered: 12/19/07
Posts: 200
Loc: Hawaii
What a great story. What joy for her and for you. If it's possible perhaps you could get a video camera for the next time.
Semper ubi sub ubi

#1017756 - 11/29/08 12:30 PM Re: Unexpcted Thanksgiving Treat
KaylaX Offline
Full Member

Registered: 05/14/08
Posts: 402
Loc: N. Cali
That was an amazing story. I wish I could have heard her play. That must have been an amazing Thanksgiving for you and your family. Thank you for sharing that personal experience with us.

KaylaX \:\)
1978 Lowery Its not fancy but its unique to me and it plays..

#1017757 - 11/29/08 01:19 PM Re: Unexpcted Thanksgiving Treat
Monica K. Offline

Platinum Supporter until Dec 31 2012

Registered: 08/10/05
Posts: 17951
Loc: Lexington, Kentucky
A beautiful story. Thanks for sharing. \:\)
Mason & Hamlin A -- 91997
My YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/pianomonica

#1017758 - 11/29/08 11:48 PM Re: Unexpcted Thanksgiving Treat
TX-Dennis Offline
4000 Post Club Member

Registered: 12/09/05
Posts: 4126
Loc: Texas
That is a wonderful story and a wonderful experience for you and your family. Thanks for sharing it with the group.


#1017759 - 11/30/08 04:30 AM Re: Unexpcted Thanksgiving Treat
TrapperJohn Offline
3000 Post Club Member

Registered: 02/11/08
Posts: 3605
Loc: Chocolatetown, USA
Originally posted by Monica K.:
A beautiful story. Thanks for sharing. \:\) [/b]
What she said - exactly!

Regards, JF
Every difficulty slurred over will be a ghost to disturb your repose later on. Frederic Chopin

Current favorite bumper sticker: Wag more, bark less.


Moderator:  BB Player, casinitaly 
the Forums & Piano World

Trying Something New with Search
(ad) Yamaha CP4 or CP40 Free Bag
Buy a CP4 or CP40 Get a Free Bag
(ad 125) Sweetwater - Digital Keyboards & Other Gear
Digital Pianos at Sweetwater
(ads) PD - WNG - MH
Mason & Hamlin Piano Factory Tours
Ad (the Piano Store)
the Piano Store - Restored Steinway Pianos
(125ad) Dampp Chaser
Dampp Chaser Piano Life Saver
New Topics - Multiple Forums
Music rack extension?
by FrankCox
11/30/15 10:33 PM
Missing Something
by Sovrel
11/30/15 10:05 PM
Advice on a New Kawai GX-2
by roninpro
11/30/15 09:28 PM
Beginner Study - 'Galop' D. Kabalevsky, Op. 39
by AndrewJCW
11/30/15 07:11 PM
Galaxy Vintage D: Occasional Pop/Hiss
by newbert
11/30/15 07:11 PM
What's Hot!!
Posting Pictures on the Forums
Forums Rules & Help
on Piano World

The world's most popular piano web site.
Forum Stats
81,614 Registered Members
44 Forums
168,704 Topics
2,471,332 Posts

Most users ever online: 15,252 @ 03/21/10 11:39 PM

Visit our online store for gifts for music lovers

Help keep the forums up and running with a donation, any amount is appreciated!
Or by becoming a Subscribing member! Thank-you.
Donate   Subscribe
Our Piano Related Classified Ads
Dealers | Tuners | Lessons | Movers | Restorations | Pianos For Sale | Sell Your Piano |

Advertise on Piano World
| Subscribe | Piano World | PianoSupplies.com | Advertise on Piano World | Donate | Link to Us | Classifieds |
| |Contact | Privacy | Legal | About Us | Site Map | Free Newsletter | Press Room |

copyright 1997 - 2015 Piano World ® all rights reserved
No part of this site may be reproduced without prior written permission