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Sunday, November 1st, 2015 11:02 pm
This weekend, I was privileged to attend the wedding of a lovely, highly intelligent young lady that I've known since she was a little girl. It was absolutely wonderful to get to see her, to share her special day, and to catch up with her and with with several old friends and to meet several new ones.

I have quite a few memories of this weekend, most of which were of the sort you'd expect from this kind of weekend. The one I didn't expect was when the bride's mother got me all choked up.

She's a very talented concert violinist, and has been for 40 years. This last year, she had to have a second surgery on her wrist, and her doctor told her unequivocally that she WOULD NOT be able to play again.

Her response? She told me that she thought of what I'd been through this last year, and decided that dammit, if I can get past what happened to me, then she was by God going to get past this!

I am indescribably proud of her -- last weekend, she entered her first competition since the surgery. When she told me she didn't win, I told her she was so very wrong. She made it back to the point where she can play at a competition level again. If that's not a win, I don't know what one is.

But... I don't think I've ever had this happen before. I think this is the first time anyone's ever told me that I was their... I'm not even sure what the right word would be. Inspiration? Role model?

The idea that what I went through might help someone else to overcome a challenge of their own was very powerful for me.

Thank you, my dear friend, for sharing that with me, and please... play on!!!
Monday, November 2nd, 2015 05:56 am (UTC)
See? She proves my comment to you on the other post.

You are inspiring, and not just because of the past year.