|How we got her dog||One Saturday morning, when I was probably 10 or so, we went for a
drive. I remember complaining that I was missing Saturday morning
cartoons.. at any rate, we come to this house, and out walks mom with
this dog in her arms.
It was a terrier, very much Benji-like.. An Australian Terrier, named Bonaparte, after Napoleon Bonaparte, a mystery character created by Arthur William Upfield, I believe.
He was my mom's dog. He always was. He and I never got along, and perhaps as such, I'm not a dog person. I expect I would have been a cat person for the most part in any case.
but my mom loved him, and well, that's probably better..
|Mom's memorial service||As I already mentioned, one of the more powerful and emotional
memories I have is at her memorial service that was held in Boston.
actually, it was at a church in Malden, if I recall correctly.
although I remember showing up late because I'd gotten lost on the way, what I remember most is when two dozen of her students got up and sang together. their voices were joined together in perfect choral harmony, and I felt the weight of my mother's effect on them and their voices. how she had shaped them, trained them, and brought them together.
it was truly moving, and I suddenly had an appreciation for the music that was the center of her life.
|Fifth Element||I watched the Fifth Element recently, and was reminded that when I first saw it, I wished that she could have seen the scene of the diva singing a fairly classical sounding opera piece, Lucia Di Lammermoor. I thought it was beautifully done, with the singer on a stage on a ship in space, with windows overlooking a spinning planet below.|
|Ave Maria at Burning Man||This year at Burning Man, before the Temple of Stars burn, a woman sang Ave Maria, and I nearly cried.. I had meant to take my mom's music to the playa and play it through my SoundScape, but I didn't manage to. however, it did bring a smile to my face and a memory of my mom when this woman sang something I remembered my mother singing.|
|My Wedding||Mom couldn't be at my wedding, but it was important to me to have her there nonetheless. I chose one of my favorite songs of her singing 'Morgen', and it was played during the ceremony while a bowl of water containing our wedding bands was passed around, blessed by everyone in attendance. My mom's voice joined with those wishes, elevating them to the heavens.|