Posted by: Marie | January 7, 2014

(920) Don’t pretend you wouldn’t

Post #920
[Private journal entry written on Wednesday, August 15, 2012]

Well, so, the drama with Kris continues . . . not bad enough to justify firing her as a client, but bad enough to cause me to be worried about her reliability . . .

Kris and her daughter, Bella, showed up on Saturday morning for Bella’s lesson . . . they had no toddlers in tow, so the lesson was relatively quiet . . . well, except . . .

I’m learning the Bella cannot sit still . . . she was sliding forward and backward on the bench, then pulling her foot up over her head, then rolling around until she was lying facedown on the bench, then diving forward until her head was down by the piano pedals and her feet were up by my face . . . I was afraid she was going to flip the bench one way or the other and either smash the back of her head on the floor or her teeth on the keyboard . . . or kick me in the nose . . .

Just as I’d get her to sit upright on the bench, she’d stand up on the footstool . . . and the footstool is not strong enough for a kid to stand on, not to mention that it tends to flip as kids stand on it (I know from experience) and then they hit their face on the keyboard . . .

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So, I finally slid the bench and the footstool away from the piano and had her stand up to play . . . she is just the right height to make that work just fine . . . she can bounce around as much as she wants. So, that seems to be a good fix.

And, she really is a cute kid . . . very smart, very precocious . . . very full of expression and life . . . I actually enjoy her company . . . other than working with her for 30 minutes straight wears me out . . .

Anyway . . . at the end of the lesson, Kris told me that her husband was not happy with her for scheduling lessons on Saturdays because they go up to their cabin on many weekends . . . I find it strange that she hadn’t thought of that herself . . .

So, she asked if we could move the lessons to early afternoon on Thursdays . . . Bella goes to kindergarten in the morning, so she could do lessons right after lunch . . .

I agreed . . . but, Kris had a conflict the next Thursday (which is now tomorrow), so she asked if we could schedule their lessons (a lesson for Bella and a 60-minute lesson for Kris) for the following day (Friday) . . . just this one time. I agreed.

Then, we looked ahead to see what Thursdays I might have conflicts and we realized that we would have a conflict the week of Thanksgiving . . . so, we moved that lesson to the following Monday . . .

Again, noticing that Kris was not writing any of this down, I told her I would send her an email capturing the dates we have agreed upon from now through the end of the year . . . she said that would be very helpful.

So, I sent out the email within a couple of hours of Bella’s lesson . . . hopefully Kris will see it . . . maybe post it on the frig . . . maybe . . . one can hope . . .

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I went to the gym on Monday . . . I haven’t been in almost a month . . . I really need to get to the gym more often . . .

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On Tuesday, we had a chamber of commerce event at the old town hall. I had never been in that building before . . .

If I remember correctly, it was the town’s museum when I moved here in 2008 . . . I remember trying to visit the museum back then, but it was locked up tight . . . if I remember correctly, tours were by appointment only . . .

I might be thinking of a different building, but I’m pretty sure it was the same one.

Anyway . . . one of our chamber members, the owner of a bicycle repair shop, had an exhibit on display in there. He has invented a bunch of gadgets . . . some of them funny (games, novelties that demonstrate balance or gravitational pull, etc.) and some of them practical like a child buggy that attaches to the back of a bike . . .

It was fun to check out his exhibit . . . it really matched his personality . . . he is about my age and very playful . . . a bit geeky . . . very smart and creative . . . I always enjoy visiting with him at the chamber events.

During the event, they gave a tour of the building. There really isn’t much to tour . . . the main part of the downstairs is two rooms that have openings in the wall between them . . . the bigger of the two rooms is about the size of the courthouse and jail in Mayberry (in the Andy Griffith Show on old-time TV) and it served as the courthouse and the police station for many years. There is an additional small room attached to the back of it that used to be the single-cell jail . . . it still has the bars on the cell door.

The smaller of the two rooms was added in 1906 (I think) and it was the bay for the horse-drawn fire truck. It is just big enough for the truck and bedding for the horses. It still has the original ruts in the floor that the wheels ran in. You can see where the door opening was made higher for a subsequent fire truck a decade or two later.

There is a second floor to the building. Originally, there were no interior stairs, the only entrance to the second floor was via a staircase that was accessed by an exterior door separate from the courthouse/police entrance (which still exists). I guess there is now a interior staircase, but I didn’t see it.

The upstairs remained unfinished for quite a while, then it was finished (one big room) and was rented out for community meetings. At one point, when the high school was being remodeled (maybe in the 40’s or 50’s?), the high school band used it for their band practice.

Then, the courthouse and police department and the fire department moved to more modern buildings. The original town hall fell into disrepair . . . and in 2007, the local historical society gave the town a grant for partial restoration of the building . . . the restoration was just about to begin when the big tornado hit our little town in the spring of 2008.

The building was severely damaged . . . in fact, the roof peeled off and landed on the building in which I now have my studio, which is about ¼ mile away from the old town hall. (And, no, I didn’t have a studio in there at that time . . . I didn’t teach my first piano lesson until about three months later . . . I didn’t move into that building until the end of 2009 . . . but now one of the doors in the upstairs of my building doesn’t stay shut because the building was torqued in the tornado . . . )

Anyway, I digress . . .

The long and short of the story is that the town got a very nice insurance settlement from the tornado damage, and with the insurance money and the grant money, they were able to do a ton of restoration to the building.

One of the things they did was to put in climate control in the upstairs so they could use it for archival storage of historical artifacts. So, now, the room contains shelves upon shelves upon shelves of historical artifacts . . . all neatly cataloged and preserved . . .

Our tour guide took us upstairs . . . it was so cool to walk through the shelves and look at everything . . . it was such a neat experience!

By the way, one of my most favorite leisure-time activities is to learn about the history of a particular building . . . it doesn’t have to be a famous building or fancy building . . . just any old building will do . . . someone’s house, a general store . . . I just like to hear how it has been used over the years, who owned it, how it was remodeled, when the entrance was moved from one side to the other, if the building was moved from one location to another . . . I find that incredibly interesting . . .

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This morning’s conscious business networking meeting was a coaching session. One of the coachees was talking about how she had put out to the universe all the cool stuff she wanted in her life . . . and then all that cool stuff started manifesting quite quickly and it was taking her breath away . . .

She is very excited about everything that was happening, but she is feeling nervous and scared about it at the same time and occasionally has thoughts about how maybe she wished it wasn’t all happening so fast . . .

The coach laughed a bit and said, “Congratulations! Look what you have manifested . . . but, let’s not pretend that you aren’t going to say yes to all of it . . . obviously, you are going to say yes and it doesn’t serve you well to pretend that you might not. You might be scared about it, and it might take you a couple of deep breaths before you openly embrace what all has come into your life, but there is no way you aren’t going to say yes to all of this!”

As I listened to the coach’s words, it hit me . . . I think much of my angst around the dating thing is because I keep trying to pretend that I wouldn’t say yes if a healthy dating scenario manifested in my life . . .

And that doesn’t serve me well.

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