Her mother had given her and her brother many bedtime violin concerts. She even remembered the first time she asked her mother to let her try and play it. Her mother smiled and looked very pleased that she had taken an interest in it. She was as good a teacher as she was a volinist. It took her several days just to learn how to hold the bow and play a decent cord though. But she eventually made the violin sing.
She smiled to herself. Those were wonderful times. How she wished she could turn back the clock and have them back again. As her mother grew famous she put away the childhood violin and bought a more expensive one. The one from her childhood stayed in its box in the attic. That is… until it was snuck open now and then by the daughter.
That memory of her playing the violin in the attic made her chuckle. Her mother had come home early from a concert and caught her playing it. She thought for sure she'd get yelled at but her mother just smiled and said that if she wanted the voilin it was hers to keep. But best to keep it in her room where she could practice more often. She gave a big hug to her mother and said if she didn't mind... she liked the way the attic echoed the music, and could she just keep practicing up there? Mother nodded and gave her approval and that was the beginning of not having to sneak around anymore.
She had no ambition to be as famous as her mother. The violin playing was just a hobby. But she DID agree to play in the school orchestra. When she was 16 she was asked to play THE solo piece for the schools big annual concert. Her mother smiled and told her how proud she was of her. She even let her wear the same white dress with ruffles that she had worn when SHE had her first concert at school. It fit the daughter like a glove. Her mother told her that she looked like and angel. All the butterflies in her stomach soon disappeared when the curtain went up and she saw her mother and father in the audience. After her solo was over everyone stood up and clapped... her mother and father lead the loudest applause.
Years later, a mother with children of her own... Her oldest son came to her and asked him to teach him how to play the violin. She was so happy to pass it on to him. That violin has been a big part of their family. Hopefully it would be passed on for generations.
She sighed. Fast forward. She has been where she is today twice before. Once when her grandfather passed... and then again when her grandmother passed. But it was different then. They were home with a nurse. They had both asked her mother to play. And she DID play... on that childhood violin from so many years ago... and she played her BEST concerts ever for them.
So many years. So many memories. But now... back to reality. Now it is HER turn to give her mother the BEST concert SHE had in her. As she slowly lifts the violin to her chin and the bow to the strings she looks around the room. Her husband is there... her brother... and her father. He has tears in his eyes and nods to her approvingly. She plays ever so quietly. A not tooo somber piece. Her mother whispers for an ENCORE and she plays her mother's favorite Strauss piece. As the music comes to an end she hears her mother whisper...