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A Christmas Angel... She Was Just The Gift I Needed !

One of the nicest, most Christmas-worthy events I have been to over the last too-many years happened at a title company Christmas party a year ago... Christmas of 2007.  I know both Christmas and New Years, and even the Eastern Orthodox celebration (January 6th) have all passed, but this memory just came bouncing into my head just now... and I wanted to share it.

I usually do not attend functions like these... much too boring.  And... ha ha... the last place I would want to be around Christmas is surrounded by a building crammed-full of other Realtors.  Perhaps they feel the same about me.  Who knows.

Anyhow... at this "gathering"... there she was.  Over in the corner... almost behind a little Christmas tree the title company had set up.  She was a young woman... and she was playing the harp.  As I listened... it was clear to me.  She was just excellent.  I was totally mystified.  I was entranced.  I somehow managed to find a chair fairly close to her, and just plunked myself down, and was just amazed.  This is where I spent the entire ninety minutes or so I was at this gathering.  

I just sat there... and occasionally a memory of happier times came back to me.  Some were of my daughter at Christmases... many years ago.  Some were of my own childhood... back when I had family.  And some were from the few times when I could actually feel the love and caring of the season.

Back to this "gathering."  When I sensed the harpist was about to take another break... I figured it was a good time for me to leave.  I also wanted to make sure I told her how absolutely angelic her playing was... and that I could easily imagine that this night... would be the most celebratory of all of the nights in my own "Christmas season" that year.  I asked her if I could give her a "tip."  She looked surprised, and said no, but I persisted.  I told her how much she had added to my Christmas mood... and finally she accepted my twenty-dollar bill. 

She almost fell over.  I felt sad that she was so surprised by my gift... as I thought her music was worth so much more than this $20 I gave her.  I of course made sure that my gift was given to her unnoticed by others. 

As she protested... I thought to myself... "what would I have had to pay... for a ticket... to a solo concert where I could sit that close to such an artist... and be mesmerized by her for about two hours ?"  I told her that, thanked her again... and off on her break she went as I went off into the night... and back to my home and to Mollie T. Cat... who was, of course, waiting for me.

As I remember it... it was one of the nicest, more angelic Christmas "happenings" I can remember.

Comment balloon 15 commentsKaren Anne Stone • January 09 2009 02:37AM

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Karen, the harp is the most beautiful musical instrument in my opinion.  What you did was angelic - many musicians barely make ends meet.  That extra $20 was her gas money for the evening or perhaps a bit of a splurge on something she wouldn't normally do.

 

 

Posted by Kris Wales, Real Estate Blog & Homes for Sale search site, Macomb County MI (Keller Williams Realty - Lakeside Market Center) almost 10 years ago

What a beautiful connection. Music is such a powerful connector to reconnect us with the goodness of ourselves, to connect us with others.

Posted by Janice Roosevelt, OICP ABR, ePRO,Ecobroker ( Keller Williams Brandywine Valley ) almost 10 years ago

You made her Christmas! Music is such a wonderful way to connect with people and she made your day!

Posted by Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799) almost 10 years ago

Dorie said that you made her Christmas but I'm thinking that maybe she made YOUR Christmas!  Loved this poignant story.

Posted by Diane Bell, Hilton Head Real Estate, Bluffton (Charter 1 Real Estate, Hilton Head, Bluffton, SC) almost 10 years ago

The harp is a very difficult instrument to learn to play, so the appreciation you showed through your compliments (and the tip) were well founded.  It was a good thing that she was able to guide you through the evening with the angelic notes of the strings, but it was even better to realize that such talent exists.

I bet Mollie T. would have enjoyed the sounds too - curled up in your lap.

Posted by Carol Smith (Casmi Photography) almost 10 years ago

Karen Anne, special moments in time happen in the most unlikely places, particularly when we are not looking for them.

Bo

Posted by Bo Hussung (Bell Title /Triserv LLC) almost 10 years ago

Karen Anne:  Some things just speak to our soul...and this harpist did it for you.  Sounds like you truly enjoyed 90 minutes of ultimate relaxation and calm.

Posted by Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Bristow, VA (Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA) almost 10 years ago

A harp is such a lovely instrument. What a terrific post. I hope that you are feeling better.

Posted by Ellie McIntire, Luxury service in Howard County & Catonsville (Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate) almost 10 years ago

Great Post, Karen Ann, and Christmas should not end on December 25th.  Angels do play the harp, you know and I am sure the tip you gave her went to something much needed.

Posted by Christine OShea (Christine E O'Shea Real Estate Broker) almost 10 years ago

You are one of the world's very nicest people, Karen Anne.  She'll never forget you!

Posted by Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR (RE/MAX Advantage) almost 10 years ago

Hi Karen Anne... It's so nice that you took something that made your holidays special and made someone else's special in return.  That good holiday karma!

Posted by Steve Shatsky almost 10 years ago

It sounds like a wonderful evening, and one you'll remember for a long time.

Posted by Margaret Woda, Maryland Real Estate & Military Relocation (Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.) almost 10 years ago

Sounds beautiful!!  I have a friend who plays.

Posted by Marchel Peterson, Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro (Results Realty) almost 10 years ago

Karen - There are poignant times, that seem to touch us at just the right time to have significant meaning.  Usually, they come in events that we don't expect to attend, or may even be dragged off to experience.  I have had them too!  Nice story!

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) almost 10 years ago

Thank you for sharing, Karen...(wiping tears from my eyes)

Posted by Amy O'Laughlin over 9 years ago

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