As you might have noticed, over the past few weeks I’ve either been completely silent or been actively posting stuff that inspires me. Over the last month, my husband and I have had the pleasure of having my parents spending a holiday ‘with’ us, which turned out to be a holiday ‘for’ us 🙂 – I guess parents will always be parents and having them made our routine a little easier!
Today is my parent’s 58th Wedding Anniversary and reaching our second anniversary pretty soon, we have a lot of catching up to do!
Today I want to share with you a story that was told to us at a wedding ceremony two years back. I’ll let you read before I give you the insights shared by the priest who spoke at the wedding:
Wishing to encourage her young son’s progress on the piano, a mother took her boy to a Paderewski concert. After they were seated, the mother spotted a friend in the audience and walked down the aisle to greet her.
Seizing the opportunity to explore the wonders of the concert hall, the little boy rose and eventually explored his way through a door marked “NO ADMITTANCE.” When the house lights dimmed and the concert was about to begin, the mother returned to her seat and discovered that the child was missing.
Suddenly, the curtains parted and spotlights focused on the impressive Steinway on stage. In horror, the mother saw her little boy sitting at the keyboard, innocently picking out “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.”
At that moment, the great piano master made his entrance, quickly moved to the piano, and whispered in the boy’s ear, “Don’t quit. Keep playing.”
Then leaning over, Paderewski reached down with his left hand and began filling in a bass part. Soon his right arm reached around to the other side of the child and he added a running obbligato. Together, the old master and the young novice transformed a frightening situation into a wonderfully creative experience. The audience was mesmerized.
Now if you are wondering how this story relates to marriage here’s my feeble attempt to summarize what the priest said. He said marriage is like the duet that the great piano master played with the little boy. Sometimes the husband is the great piano master and the wife adds her little notes – letting him make the decisions, giving him the limelight. Sometimes it’s the other way around – the husband is the one who assists you while you pursue your dreams, etc. And sometimes together all we can perform is ‘Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star’ – we run out of ideas, things don’t seem to be working very well, we’re low on energy, etc. We try our best, but the results aren’t exactly graceful flowing music. But when we trust in the hands of a Greater Power, our marriage can be strengthened, our love renewed……..
Marriage is truly a wonderfully creative experience!