They’re on their way.

Some of you may who follow me, will know that my son and little granddaughter Sienna are coming to visit very soon. I’m so excited to see them again. When I woke up this morning, there was this photo on Facebook.

There’s my little angel looking so excited to be travelling all this way with her dad. They were stopping off in Paris for the day and catching the night flight to Johannesburg and then on to Cape Town, where they will stay with friends before flying to Durban on Monday. I think their body clocks will be all over the place, as they only got back to New York on Sunday after attending a family wedding in Hawaii. At least they can get over their jet lag in Cape Town, and should be back to normal by the time they get here.

Today I played piano at the Mall again. Every time I do, I seem to get a kiss from someone. I’m a sitting duck on that piano stool, and can’t really escape. Last week it was a male acquaintance who I used to see at the gym, and today it was a female acquaintance who I haven’t seen in a long while. It’s quite off-putting when I’m in the middle of a piece, as you can imagine. I’ve had my head patted and my shoulders squeezed on occasion. I’ve had people come and ask me directions to a certain shop, or enquire whether I give piano lessons, or if I can play “Meat Loaf!” πŸ˜† Last week I had someone brusquely ask, “Do you play the organ?” to which question I decided the safest answer was, “No.” The security beeper goes off at the entrance to the clothing store on my right at regular intervals, and clumsy people bang into the piano as they walk past, even though there’s plenty of room.Β  All this happens whilst I’m blithely playing my little heart out. Today I felt led to give a rendition of “Fools rush in where angels fear to tread,” closely followed by “Send in the Clowns.” πŸ™‚ Most people however, just give a friendly smile or a wave, which is always welcome.

It’s not strictly true to say that I don’t play the organ, and another day, I must remember to tell you a few hilarious stories from my organ playing past.

Now I’m off to watch some more Olympics. Have a great evening, or rest of the day, depending on where you are.

61 comments on “They’re on their way.

  1. when people are being stupid when you are playing the piano, like bumbing your piano, etc – how do you not hurt them or are you just super nice and uber-tolerant all the times? oooh, don’t forget to share the organ stories, lol – maybe grinding THEIR organs?

    • I’m a pacifist really, but that doesn’t stop me from having violent thoughts. πŸ™‚ The organ stories will have to wait for a while. Remind me if I forget. πŸ˜€

      • Until you come across THEM? [thankfully thoughts = actions = happiness]
        Sure will do, no problem, I’ll tie a knot in the cat’s tale to remind me to remind you of the organ tails.

  2. Music warms the heart. I was in a shopping mall around valentine’s day and a gentleman decked out in a dress suit and bow-tie was playing romantic tunes. I stood and listened. Then when he paused to rest I thanked him for lightening my step. He stood and kissed me, we chatted for a few minutes and then I went on my way. As I was leaving he gave me a wave and blew me another kiss. I later wondered if I was the only person who spoke to him.

    • Yes, I suppose it does conjure up a funny picture. One time, a rather dishy body-builder from the gym came and sat next to me on the piano stool whilst I was playing, which was quite off-putting to say the least. πŸ˜€

  3. a wonderful visit coming up with your beautiful granddaughter, will you play piano in the mall when she is here? she would be amazed at her talented and kissable grandmother!

    • Unfortunately not, as on the Wednesday, we have a very special belated birthday lunch arranged, so someone will stand in for me. Thanks, for your lovely comment, Christine. πŸ™‚

  4. Lovely anticipation, have a lovely time with your family. Ha! I nearly asked directions to Woolies from a lady who was playing piano at the mall, but luckily I didn’t:-). Enjoy your day AD…x

    • Hahaha. Very wise decision, cocoa. One guy asked me the quickest way to Pick’n Pay, and I said “Well you could just jump over the balcony. It’s quicker than going down the escalator.” He didn’t know whether I was serious or not. πŸ˜†

  5. Enjoy their visit and next time I’m in Durban I’ll come looking for the Mall that you play at… so I can see if I can put you off your playing… I’ll certainly recognize you if your in shorts and sleeveless top…Which Mall by the way.. there so many…

    • Had a call last night from Paris to say their flight had been cancelled and they were only leaving this morning. His sister was all geared up to spend some time with him today at ORT before he flew to CT but now, he only arrives late tonight and it’s going to be touch and go whether he makes the Cape Town flight, arriving there only around midnight. His friend that they’re staying with, will have a late night.

  6. This is so nice dear AD, she is so lovely and so beautiful. Blessing her. How I wished to be there and to listen to your play πŸ™‚ Have a nice meeting, Thanks and Love, nia

  7. This is such a lovely post, from the beautiful pic of your granddaughter to the mall story. There is something so charming about you playing while people shop. I wish I could visit your mall. I’d promise not to kiss you πŸ˜‰

  8. Oh lucky you to have such a lovely visitor. Know you’ll enjoy it. Take lots of pics and share! As for the piano playing…. just goes to show how much we need some chlorine in the gene pool. πŸ˜‰

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