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Date Posted: Wednesday, November 09, 11:13:26am
Author: KT
Subject: Friday Challenge: November 4, 2005
In reply to: JayBee and Nell 's message, "Friday Challenge: November 4, 2005" on Friday, November 04, 09:56:46am


Musique by KT

Michael struggled to keep the cello upright. Even though it was sized for a child, it still seemed to him to be the most unwieldy instrument ever invented. Why couldn't his mother have given him piano lessons?

Monsieur Gerard studied the boy over the top of his spectacles. He was noted the sensitive features, the slim frame, the graceful hands. But what really caught his attention was the depth of soul he saw in the eyes. There was something there that could not be simply given. The boy's struggles touched him, and he offered his best encouragement.

"Now, hands just so. Bow like this. That's it."

Michael looked up with anger.

"Why do I have to do this? It's impossible!"

The professor paused, knowing that he could make or break the boy's determination with a single stroke.

"Michael, if you can tame this instrument, you'll be able to do anything in this life. And I do mean anything."

Michael's anger lessened as he considered what the teacher had just said. His head tilted slightly as his mind wildly attempted to catalogue everything that might possibly happen to him in his lifetime.


The teacher answered without hesitation.

"Yes. Absolutely."

Michael made up his mind in a heartbeat.

"All right. I will try harder."

"That's the spirit. But don't do it to please me. Do it because you mean it."

Something in the child responded to this directive. His eyes bored into his teacher's, filled with gravity.

"I always mean it."


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