November 15, 2017
Steve had the whim this morning to click on the link for this video from "60 Minutes Overtime," which he rarely does. Did I subtly prompt him somehow? (I'm not telling.) But though I rarely do this, because this link will only remain active on the internet for so long, I wanted my regulars to see a video. This little girl is rather like I was. She is a couple of years younger than when I first started tutoring Matt at age 14; but I wasn't much bigger. You can see why he humored me at first, when I fell so much in love with him.
Steve's first impression was that she takes herself rather seriously--but so did I! It's because she is an adult inside. I was, too; and the secret frustration is when everybody treats you as a child! I played piano with a similar maturity and mastery. It came to me effortlessly; and it was my playing my heart out for him one day, when I was a little older, which caused Mathew to first fall in love with me. As said, we remained chaste for some time, but he wasn't humoring me after that.
Alma even has a bit of my coloring--you will notice she has a few freckles, especially around her nose, and this is precisely the way mine were (how awful!). I was a fully-formed woman, bursting with philosophy, poetry and music, caught inside a stick-figure of a body, deeply in love with a rustic prince of a boy four years older and 6 foot 2! But he had a poet's soul, and I reached out to him soul-to-soul. He was also a skeptic, especially about love, having been rejected by the town flirt. Oh, how I hated her! I knew it wasn't Christian of me, but she was toying with the most precious thing, my prince's heart. I would give him my heart, and he would see how true love nurtures; and he would relinquish his shield of cynicism. But my bravery came at quite a cost, until I pierced his heart with my music, and he gave it to me, where it was quite safe.
But, I digress, and Steve is having difficulty channeling my thoughts rather than interposing his own, so here is the URL for the young lady improvising on "60 Minutes":
Here's an interview that Steve was able to save and put on his own server (Steve says give it a little time to load)--you'll see that Alma also plays violin. Steve has been able to determine, from Mathew's poetry and my stories, that I played piano, harp and lyre. Steve doesn't feel that I played violin, but he's not exactly clear why. My father played "fiddle" for dances, so you'd think I would have; but he's feeling a "no" about it right now. Perhaps I felt that I would show him up? Or didn't want him to teach me, which he would have insisted on doing. Or something like that.
Love to each and all,