In the words of Stevie Wonder “Isn’t she lovely, isn’t she wonderful..”. I would like to introduce the newest member of our family…Portia Amalia. Portia means work and Amalia means an offering. She came to us on Monday and like any new member of a family…I just like to sit and admire her and wonder how she will enhance our lives.
I know I might have mentioned in a previous post that for my last birthday, almost nine months ago, my FHB told me that he wanted to give me something that he believed I wanted. He wanted to get me a piano. I thought it was a perfect idea. I was very patient. We got a refrigerator. I continued to be very patient. Pianos take a while to arrive, like all things. And then, through a conversation with a friend, and a very serendipitous event (another neighbor was moving and had a piano that needed adopting), the arrangements were made for Portia to travel down five steps, about a couple of hundred feet, carried by four burly gentlemen and a supervisor, and she arrived, none the worse for wear.
My playing skills are quite rusty. I sat down last night, with a book of “Memorable Standards” (quite an easy quick learner type) and gently pressed the keys and Paka the cat yowled. Everyone’s a critic. I tried again, and my FHB, with his lovely baritone voice accompanied my version of As Time Goes By, and Paka yowled.
This wasn’t our first piano, but that other one was one of our kid’s piano, and we just enjoyed it till it left. You would think that pianos were just a come and go kind of item in our lives. The moving men have enjoyed the fruits of their labor as they kept moving that piano and this newer piano between homes. It’s a living in this transient world of ours.
This morning, one of our sons asked if we were going to stay in the lofts for a long time….translated into “till you die?”. I asked why would you ask that question and his response was “well, now that you have a piano…”. Portia hasn’t been with us for long enough for me to see past the novelty. We are surrounded by things, which I personify with names reminiscent of where/who they came from. We have a piece of furniture that was custom built for my maternal grandparents when they married in 1911. It came from their house, to my aunt’s house in New York City, to several of the houses we have moved to and from. We call the piece “Tante Lisel”. Another piece was in an apartment that I rented between houses. The owners asked if I minded if they kept a curio cabinet they owned in my apartment, because it was very heavy and they didn’t want to move it. When we moved out, I asked, having grown fond of it, if we could buy it and we now call that one “John and Nina”. I’m very sentimental about my possessions and like to imagine the people who are connected to them with the names I give them. I feel a song coming on and as I sit looking at Portia, the words to “I’ve Got a Crush on You” are floating through my head. Excuse me while a play a few notes…