A friend sent me a Youtube link for a video of Frances and Marlow Cowan, an elderly couple who stumbled on a piano in the Atrium of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester New York. They had some down-time and decided to entertain others who were waiting for appointments or test results.
Here's the original video: http:www.youtube.com/watch?v=RI-l0tK8Ok0
When I saw the video, I couldn't help but think of my mom. She died a year ago and I miss her more every day. I used to take her to the Mayo clinic to meet with specialists and she got a lot of help there. It was a positive experience. But, when I saw Frances and Marlow playing the piano at the Mayo Clinic, my first thought was, "Oh no. Which one of them is sick, I wonder?" And, then I started to think, "What about the people in the audience? Are they waiting for tests? Or treatments? Or results? And, what if the results are bad?"
And, I thought about how much joy and hope Frances and Marlow had given the people that day and to all the thousands of people who have watched their video. I thought about how much inspiration they would have given my mom if she had been able to witness their impromptu performance. And, I thought about love and the fragility of being human.
Needless to say, Frances and Marlow (is that the greatest name?) became internet superstars. And, thankfully, they were at the Mayo Clinic for a physical - not illness. Here's their follow-up video on Youtube: http:www.youtube.com/watch?v=TUma-9YC32Y&feature=related.
I wish I could have had some more time with my mom. Together, we would have watched the videos of Frances and Marlow,Trololo and Trololo Cat and of course, the smoking baby from Indonesia.
I miss you, Marty. Much love to you.