The Sue Atkins Wednesday Story – The Piano

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Posted by: Sue Atkins

Here’s my weekly story from my never ending notebook and everlasting coloured pencil.

The Piano

A mum wanted to encourage her young daughter’s interest in the piano so decided to take her to a local concert featuring an excellent and famous pianist.

In the entrance foyer the mother met an old friend and the two stopped to talk. The little girl was really excited and keen to see inside the hall and so she wandered off, unnoticed by her mother. The little girl’s mother became concerned when she entered the hall and couldn’t see her little daughter.

The staff were notified and an announcement was made asking the audience to look out for the little lost girl. With the concert due to start, the little girl had still not been found.

In preparation for the pianist’s entrance, the curtains drew aside, to reveal the little girl sitting at the grand piano, focused in concentration, quietly picking out the notes of ‘Twinkle Twinkle Little Star’.

The audience’s amusement turned to curiosity when the famous pianist entered the stage, walked up to the little girl, and said “Keep playing.”

The pianist sat down beside her, listened for a few seconds, and whispered some more words of encouragement. He then began quietly to play a bass accompaniment, and then a few bars later reached around the little girl to add more accompaniment. At the end of the impromptu performance the audience applauded loudly as the pianist took the little girl back to her seat to be reunited with her mum.

The experience was inspirational for everyone, not least the small girl.

So what’s this story saying to you today?

How can you encourage your child or someone else at work to believe in their dreams?

It takes just a few moments to make somebody’s day, to help someone with their own personal aims and dreams – especially someone who looks up to you for encouragement and support.

How can you keep an open mind & not be embarrassed if your kids  do something out of the blue?

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