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Henriette Anne Klauser Ph.D.
Okay, it’s over. First, we left home 40 minutes early so I could sneak in some practice time and acclimate to the unfamiliar keyboard. But we got lost. And who knew there’d be so many nursing homes in Pflugerville, Texas and so many piano recitals on May 31? And never trust a nursing home resident to give you directions or confirm the facility’s entertainment schedule. Sheesh, we were pointed to a large room and told there was a recital taking place there, only to find it was full of old folks enjoying their mid-morning oatmeal and prunes. We were in the wrong home.
Then we stopped at what we thought was the correct street address, but it was a church, which should have tipped me off, but I was losing my ability to think rationally.
“Is there a piano recital here today?”
So we park the car and enter the building and, indeed, there was a crowd of people listening to some kid play a pretty good Canon in D. Only, I don’t recognize anyone and when I finally hunt down someone who knows what’s going on, she says she’s never heard of my teacher. Oops, wrong again.
I was pretty agitated at this point, and not smiling, when Alex turned to me and said, “You know, celebrities never smile when the camera isn’t on them.”
Anyway, we finally made it and I didn’t get to practice, but it wasn’t as bad as I’d anticipated. The piano, a very nice Wurlitzer Grand, was quite forgiving and, honestly, the audience wasn’t on-the-edge-of-their-seats attentive by the time my turn came.
I’ll be blogging the whole story within the next couple of days.
Thanks for listening!