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Marimba

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Marimba

While in Asheville, NC last week, I went to a Goodwill store. I very quickly noticed a lovely wooden instrument. You might call it a xylophone or a glockenspiel, but this is neither; it is a marimba. I know this because it says Guatemala across the front of it. The marimba is the national instrument of Guatemala. I didn’t realize that, but Google can be very informative.

There was no mallet, so I hit some of the keys with my fingernail. It sounded so pretty. The keys were smooth on the top and a little rough on the bottom; I thought they might be hand carved. I knew the platform it was on was handmade. I ran my hand across the keys and it was dusty. It had been a while since this instrument had been loved. "What is your back story?”, I thought, “Someone needs to love you again.” I wondered if it could be me. When I looked at the small end and saw the price, I said, “You are going home with me!” I carefully picked it up and put that beauty in my cart. It was two days before my birthday and I decided this would be a gift to myself.

When I got home, I brought the marimba in my house and got out some wood cleaner and a soft rag. It took a little elbow grease, but, oh, she is pretty. I found a couple of small dowels and put wood knobs on the ends to make some makeshift mallets so I could truly hear the sound of the keys. I LOVE IT. Listening to it makes me happy. I have a new instrument to learn. I think that Google might help me out again with some tutorials. The only thing I know about my new marimba is that she was made in Guatemala. How she made it to the United States, North Carolina, and then to Asheville, I’ll never know — but what matters now is the moment. Oh, she is a pretty instrument!

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Rare Moments

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Rare Moments

 

The eclipse!! All the preparing for this rare event which only happens maybe twice in a lifetime. Amazing huh?

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Have you seen the USPS eclipse stamp? We got some and have been using them. Then my husband saw a news segment on TV about what really makes them special. He came into the kitchen holding the sheet of stamps he purchased and said, “Watch!” He held his thumb on one of the stamps and when it was warmed it revealed the moon. We were both excited and tried this almost magic trick again and again, saying, “That is so cool!” It was a small, rare, moment that you would have not known about unless I told you the story. That moment will never happen again in my lifetime.

Our lives are made up of rare moments. I love this paraphrased quote:

The universe is not made up of tiny atoms, but tiny stories.
— Muriel Rukeyser

How true is that? I think it is wisdom to share those tiny rare stories. Write them down, orally share them, pass them to your children, tell your friends. Those tiny stories pass on knowledge, surprise, and even a smile. It happened just a moment ago. A friend called and I read this blog to her, she laughed about the stamp and said in an excited tone, “Really? It does that? I gotta go try that.” I gave her the moon, and it only took one rare moment. I have no doubt she will share her rare moment too.
 

 

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