Saturday, August 29, 2009


This is the story of my friend, Shahrul. He was a young boy who lived with his elderly mother. His mother wanted him to learn how to play the piano because she longed to hear her son play for her. She sent her son to the piano teacher who took Shahrul in under her guidance. However, there was one problem because he was not musically inclined and therefore was very slow in learning. The teacher did not have much faith in the boy because of his weakness. The mother was very enthusiastic and every week she would send him to the teacher. One day, Shahrul stopped attending the piano lessons. The teacher thought that he had given up and in fact she was quite pleased since she did not give much hope to Shahrul. Not long after, the piano teacher was given a task to organize a piano concert in town. She sent out circulars to invite the students and public to attend this event. Suddenly, he received a call from Shahrul who offered to take part in the concert. The teacher told Shahrul that he was noot good enough and that he was no longer a student since he had stopped coming from lessons. He begged her to give him chance and promised that he would not let her down. Finally, she gave in and she put him to play last, hoping that he will change his mind at the last minute. When the big day came, the hall was packed and the children gave their best performance. Finally, it was Shahrul's turn to play and his name was announced, he walked in. He was not in a proper attire and his hair was not properly groomed. The teacher was really nervous since Shahrul's performance could spoil the whole evening's brilliant performance. As Shahrul started playing the crowd became silent and were amazed at the skill of this little boy. In fact, he gave the best performance of the evening. At the end of his presentation the crowd and the piano teacher gave him a standing ovation. The crowd asked Shahrul how he managed to play so brilliantly. With a microphone in front of him, he said , "I was not able to attend the weekly piano lessons as my mother was sick with cancer. She just passed away this morning and I wanted her to hear me play because when she was alive she was deaf and now I know she is listening to me. I have to play my best for her!"

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