The Piano

by Eric Pena on August 26, 2007

Our beautiful house in Cubao, where I grew up, was finally sold. It will be turned into a paper factory. As long as I do not return to #47 16th Avenue, the same house shall remain as is in my memory. That is how I want it to be.

My father who is now enjoying his retirement (he teaches college part time) in the hustle and bustle free Palawan islands gave me the old piano my late mother loved so much. They make beautiful music together. She takes care of it like a soldier takes care of his rifle. I remember how upset she was over my piano teacher when she made scratches on the keyboard cover as a result of tapping her pen on it while trying hard to grind the lesson piece into my hard head. Normally, one would take my dad’s offer enthusiastically, but unlike the other valuable furnitures that were gone in 60 seconds, there were no takers for the piano. So my dad had to give it to me.

Old Piano

Since my mom passed away and my father re-married and retired in Palawan, the piano was never used again. It was stored in the maid’s room left to rot. I thought it belonged to the junk yard and not in my home. But this was no ordinary junk. This is a scrap book that contains the memory of my mom and the sound of her music.

From the looks of it, it will cost me a substantial amount to have it repaired back to its splendid glory. So I scrapped my planned purchase of a 32″ Sony LCD TV. One month later, as I returned home from office, a shiny black piece of furniture greeted me.

New Piano

I know that one day soon, through the fingers of my wife and children, I will yet hear again my mom and her beautiful melody.

Cost of Repair: 30K Pesos

Sentimental Value: Priceless

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{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Manny September 10, 2007 at 8:01 pm

great sentimental piece! and very admirable work too in helping preserve the memory that the piano brings. However, please make sure that the beautiful melody that Mom once played will be heard only through your wife and children’s fingers, and not through Mom’s. that would be pretty scary. just kidding!

2 Manny September 11, 2007 at 10:01 am

great sentimental piece! and very admirable work too in helping preserve the memory that the piano brings. However, please make sure that the beautiful melody that Mom once played will be heard only through your wife and children’s fingers, and not through Mom’s. that would be pretty scary. just kidding!

3 blacksocks September 10, 2007 at 10:20 pm

Haha, as long as it is not Rio playing “chopsticks”, any classical white noise would do justice to my investment.

4 blacksocks September 11, 2007 at 12:20 pm

Haha, as long as it is not Rio playing “chopsticks”, any classical white noise would do justice to my investment.

5 Rona September 11, 2007 at 6:50 am

wow, it looks very nice indeed! I’ll visit your house one day and see this for myself. I’m sure once you hear me tinker with the keys, it will certainly bring back good memories. To complete the memories, make sure to prepare the yummiest merienda.

6 Lyks September 11, 2007 at 6:53 am

Hey Mr.Blacksocks, now I want to learn how to play the piano. But I’ll make sure I won’t get the same teacher that you had, spanking you fingers whenever you commit mistakes.

7 Rona September 11, 2007 at 8:50 pm

wow, it looks very nice indeed! I’ll visit your house one day and see this for myself. I’m sure once you hear me tinker with the keys, it will certainly bring back good memories. To complete the memories, make sure to prepare the yummiest merienda.

8 Lyks September 11, 2007 at 8:53 pm

Hey Mr.Blacksocks, now I want to learn how to play the piano. But I’ll make sure I won’t get the same teacher that you had, spanking you fingers whenever you commit mistakes.

9 Rio September 11, 2007 at 9:21 pm

Right..And Guys, you should listen to my new rendition of “chopsticks..” You’ll enjoy hearing them again and again!!

10 Rio September 12, 2007 at 11:21 am

Right..And Guys, you should listen to my new rendition of “chopsticks..” You’ll enjoy hearing them again and again!!

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