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You Never Forget

My mom played the organ. I don’t know why she chose the organ over piano. The two produce very different sounds when played. A piano can only sound like a piano, but an organ can be changed to produce a variety of sounds. She took private lessons and especially enjoyed playing classical music, like Beethoven’s Fur Elise and various sonatas by Bach. I can clearly recall hearing her play during the evenings while my brothers and I ate dinner. I’ll never forget how hearing her play put me at ease and made our home feel peaceful.

For many years, playing music was my thing too. I first learned to read music and play an instrument, a recorder (which is related to the flute), in elementary school. I later transitioned to the flute in what was called junior high school then. I continued to play the flute through my early college years. I played in the school orchestra and in the marching band in band in both high school and college. All the while, I also dabbled with playing the organ, taught to me by you know who – my mom. I really enjoyed playing music. It made me feel special and accomplished. I enjoyed it so much, I selected it as my major in college. My plan was to have a career in music. I ended up graduating with a degree in Psychology, however. I changed majors after taking some very enlightening and thought-provoking psychology classes. Slowly over the years, I played less and less music.

Fast forward several decades later, and I’m amazed by how much I still remember from those earlier music playing days. During COVID and the pandemic, like everyone else, I was confined to the house. Though I was able to perform my job virtually from home, after the day’s work was done, I struggled to find ways to fill my downtime. Having hardly anything to do made the days feel so long. I don’t know where the thought came from, but I decided to purchase a Yamaha digital piano. And sure enough, a lot of what my mom taught me came flooding back. Those old sensations of feeling positive and peaceful came flooding back too.

Some things you never forget. A world-famous American memoirist, poet, and civil rights activist – Maya Angelou – once wrote, “I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” In an era where more attention is given to negative publicity and the ills of the world, I understand the need for and importance of setting special time aside to recognize and show appreciation for the good things people do. ACCOLADE Celebrations produces a premier annual awards and recognition gala, the Acts of Kindness Awards, to acknowledge and show appreciation for the goodness in people. We go above and beyond for our award winners so that they have an OVERWHELMINGLY POSITIVE EXPERIENCE and are left with MEMORABLE IMPRESSIONS. I invite you to learn more about this glamourous event at #actsofkindnessawards #followus #stayuptodate #celebratingexcellence

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