tonight i went to the matuang bale in betis because we were sending off a cousin to work as a nurse in jordan. (we’ve long been a contributor to the diaspora, with 8 out of 10 siblings on my dad’s side in the US, and only my mom left here from her brood of 5). anyway, the kids were automatically drawn to the piano in the living room, MY piano (it was actually my aunt’s but i consider it my own). after eating, i joined them in “playing” (of course they thought their banging was playing. he.he.) and played the first piece i ever learned — Chopsticks, playing with two forefingers like i did when i was a kid. he.he. then, wonders of wonders, the music sheets i played as a child were still in the seat compartment 🙂 so i played a few. i’ve been rusty. it’s been more than a decade since i last played on the ivories. but the skill, like driving, i realize you never lose. i think i want to play music again.