These stories are inspired by Felicia’s colorful 2017. If the reader prefers, the short stories/blogs or parts of it may be regarded as fiction. But as Ernest Hemingway said, there is always the chance that fiction may throw some light on what has been regarded as fact.
The One When I Bought a Piano
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I’m hoping you have read some of past blogs already. Otherwise, you may be lost in this one. For a little background, I suggest to read blog entry, "The One When I Spent My First Weekend in Hartford.
I always wanted to learn how to play the piano. I actually took a month of piano lessons back in 1994. I was on an early maternity leave while the father of my soon-to-be-born son was away for part of his hospital training. I practiced everyday. I wanted to surprise him when he comes home. My piano teacher chose Chopin’s Nocturne Op9 No 2, which I learned, but the surprise did not happen. I went to pre-term labor and everything went downhill from there. But that’s another story.
Sometime in 2015, about a year after I got engaged with John, I bought a piano. John thought that I did it so I can finally check off one of the things in my bucket list. The truth is, I wanted to surprise him on our wedding day. I know how he likes that I can somehow carry a tune. But for me to sing to him, is something he would expect. Now to play the piano while singing “I Will Be Here”… that will be a big surprise!
I can only imagine how I will bring the man who I thought loved me in tears. I know I will. So I took another month of piano lessons, but my motivation was slowly drifting away for reasons I now know. Well, that surprise did not happen. In fact, my piano had been collecting dust for about 2 years. My daughter, Samantha tries to play a song or two when she’s in the mood. As rare as that happens, when she does play, it makes me feel like buying that piano is so worth it after all!
I have thrown away many things that reminded me of John. I was thinking of selling my piano. Thank God I reached my “Hello Life” phase before I posted anything on Craigslist or OfferUp. I am now learning my third piece, Both Sides Now by Joni Michel!(Yes- the image I posted is from that heartbreaking scene in the movie, Love Actually)
Oh, I almost forgot. When I brought home the piano, it came with a recording of Chopin’s Nocturne Op9 No 2!Hmm, Bad Omen. DELETE and RECORD something new!
To be continued…
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Now, to my readers… As heartbreaking as these may all sound, remember that my blog’s title is Bye Felicia, Hello Life. The “Hello Life” parts will be blogged about, (some are already in “The One With The Summer Surprises.”) But as writer Octavia Butler said, “ You don't start out writing good stuff. You start out writing crap… thinking it's good stuff, and then gradually, you get better at it.”