A few years ago, a hurricane demolished the storage shed and several other things on my mother’s property. In so doing, the hurricane destroyed an item precious to my mother – and to me – a marbled, dark brown accordion which she found at a thrift store years ago when she was in college.
I have many delightful memories of Mom playing the accordion for hours on end. We often sang hymns and folk songs while she accompanied us. Once she even played a Romani woman accordion player in a musical that I directed. We were both devastated when this beautiful instrument said hello to the great beyond.
My mom spends most of her time in a wheelchair or using a walker. She has no piano and no choir with which she sings. But today, she has an accordion to charm, or perhaps torture, the cats, and revive old music in her life once again.
I was out shopping and popped into the Community Threads Thrift Store, a thrift store whose mission I thoroughly and joyously support (the proceeds help those who are leaving abusive situations).
And as I stopped at the front counter to ask where I might find something, I spotted it. The beautiful, gray pearl accordion resting on top the counter behind the cashiers. Its sparkling call drew me near. You’ve been looking for me for years. Well, darling, here I am!
I verified that it was indeed for sale, asked the price, and then called my mom. Did she want this beauty?
I got it out, played it, made sure everything sounded good – and discovered it hadn’t seen the light of day in years and was in marvelous condition! I pulled the billows apart and started wheezing through the chords and keys. It sounded lovely! A few buttons were stuck, but Mom was pretty sure she could work that out.
Now, she’s in her room here in my home, squeezing and harmonizing away with her new, elegantly designed, beautifully made gray pearl accordion.
In the midst of adjusting to living with us, this accordion was not just an answer to a longing but an answer to long years of prayers for a replacement.
Thank you, Community Threads – and thank you, God – for this beautiful musical inspiration and encouragement in our lives!
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Editor-in-Chief of The MockingOwl Roost, Rita Mock-Pike is the granddaughter of aviatrix, Jerrie Mock, first woman to pilot an airplane solo around the world. Rita has found inspiration from her grandmother’s life and flight and pursued many of her own dreams in theatre, podcasting, novel writing, and cooking up delicious food from around the world. She now writes on food, travel, pets, faith, and the arts. She’s happily married to Matt, and faithfully serves the very fluffy kitten queen, Lady Stardust.