Thursday, August 18, 2011
The gift of ukulele
My coworker gave me a Kala KA-S ukulele a while back. She wanted to learn, but did not have the time or patience. So she ended up giving it to me. I was going to put it up for sale through Craigslist, but it just did not feel right. After all, it was a gift. So, I decided I was going to put it up as a prize to a lucky contestant through the Ukulele Underground.
Today at the hospital, I saw a sad little child who was with her family visiting her sick grandfather. She looked quite uncomfortable being around the hospital, so I ran up to my office and grabbed the uke. I went to the visitor's lounge and played "You got a friend in me" (Toy Story) and "Part of Your World" (Little Mermaid) and all the songs I play with my daughter. Over the next half hour, it kept her occupied as she sang along (as well as the rest of the visitors). In the end, I gave the uke to her and I asked her to play for her grandfather. It turned out he was a WWII veteran who spent a lot of time in Hawaii, and he loved the uke.
Words cannot describe the look in her eyes when I gave the uke. And nothing can describe the joy I felt.