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Author:  Ginny G.
E-mail:  ggnadt@execpc.com
Date:  5/1/2009 9:41:06 AM
Subject:  Thanks for the birthday wishes & "The Soloist"
Message:  Thank you all for the kind and thoughtful birthday wishes. I appreciate them more than you can know.

I was dreading this birthday... my first without my Mom. I took the day off from work and asked my Dad to go to lunch and a movie with me... I really wanted to spend quality time with Dad. After a nice lunch, we went to see "The Soloist." My head is still reeling from all the messages in that movie.

There's a scene in the movie where the homeless musician and the reporter are at a rehearsal of an LA symphony. The homeless musician totally gives himself to the music, kind of swirling into another world. There's a neat way they portray this and I found it very moviing. The reporter is kind of stunned watching the way the music affects his friend. Anyway, I thought about how lost I can get in Neil's and Mickey's music... the rest of world melts away and I'm just so in the moment with the music.

When Dad and I got in the car after the movie, he asked me if the way the homeless man felt about the symphony was the way I felt about some of the music I'm so touched by. My mouth kind of dropped open, because I've never been able to really explain to my Dad how it affects me. It was so special to see my Dad starting to understand what I could never explain to him. If you get a chance to see the movie, I highly recommend it.

After that, my sister Elaine had Dad, me, and her family over for pizza and birthday cake for me. One of her step children has a three-year who is a delight. He made me laugh when he brought me two gifts... he said they were "special derivery." I asked which won was better and which to open. He pointed to the little box which was a tiny Whitman's sampler. Of course he asked for the candy. Then I opened the other gift... my sister had put together a double picture frame with a photo of my Mom as a little girl and a photo of me with Mom. She's scanned something my Mom signed and put the "Love, Mom" signature in the lower right corner. So it felt like Mom was there for my birthday after all.

It was a low-key, but lovely family filled birthday.

Thanks again for all your messages, and think about seeing "The Soloist." It's thought provoking, but it really left me blown away.

 Thanks for the birthday wishes & "The Soloist" by Ginny G.  at 5/1/2009 9:41:06 AM
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