All of us who use emails know the numerous forwards we receive and we wish our friends had some better pass time to send us forwards. One fine day some years back I received a forward titled ‘Many forwards removed’ and instead of doing the usual thing of deleting without even reading it scribe was inquisitive as to what this particular forward it. Produced below is verbatim and scribe does not know who Mildred Hondrof is, infact if someone knows or can locate her kindly contact me as this forward changed my life & gave me a big universal secret. Scribe is one of those men who just cannot cry & maximum in my life tears would have rolled down my cheeks 3 or 4 times only but whenever scribe wants to cry & feel the Universal Spirit, scribe reads this forward & incidentally everytime I read everytime I cry. Here it is
Subject: Fw: Many Forwards Removed
At the prodding of my friends, I am writing this story. My name is Mildred Hondorf. I am a former elementary school music teacher from Des Moines, Iowa. I have always supplemented my income by teaching piano lessons–something I’ve done for over 30 years. Over the years, I found that children have many levels of musical ability. I have never had the pleasure of having a protégé though I have taught some talented students. However, I’ve also had my share of what I call “musically challenged” pupils. One such student was Robby.
Robby was 11 years old when his mother (a single mom) dropped him off for his first piano lesson. I prefer that students (especially boys!) begin at an earlier age, which I explained to Robby. But Robby said that it had always been his mother’s dream to hear him play the piano. So I took him as a student. Well, Robby began with his piano lessons and from the beginning I thought it was a hopeless endeavor. As much as Robby tried, he lacked the sense of tone and basic rhythm, needed to excel. But he dutifully reviewed his scales and some elementary pieces that I require all my students to learn. Over the months, he tried and tried while I listened and cringed and tried to encourage him. At the end of each weekly lesson he’d always say, “My mom’s going to hear me play some day.” But it seemed hopeless. He just did not have any inborn ability.
I only knew his mother from a distance as she dropped Robby off or waited in her aged car to pick him up. She always waved and smiled but never stopped in. Then one day Robby stopped coming to our lessons. I thought about calling him but assumed, because of his lack of ability, that he had decided to pursue something else. I also was glad that he stopped coming. He was a bad advertisement for my teaching!
Several weeks later, I mailed to the student’s homes a flyer on the upcoming recital. To my surprise, Robby (who received a flyer) asked me if he could be in the recital. I told him that the recital was for current pupils and because he had dropped out, he really did not qualify.
He said that his mom had been sick and unable to take him to piano lessons but he was still practicing. “Miss Hondorf…I’ve just got to play!” he insisted.
I do not know what led me to allow him to play in the recital. Maybe it was his persistence or maybe it was something inside of me saying that it would be alright. The night for the recital came. The high school gymnasium was packed with parents, friends and relatives. I put Robby up last in the program before I was to come up and thank all the students and play a finishing piece. I thought that any damage he would do would come at the end of the program and I could always salvage his poor performance through my “curtain closer.”
Well the recital went off without a hitch. The students had been practicing and it showed. Then Robby came up on stage. His clothes were wrinkled and his hair looked like he’d run an egg-beater through it.
“Why didn’t he dress up like the other students?” I thought. “Why didn’t his mother at least make him comb his hair for this special night?” Robby pulled out the piano bench and he began.
I was surprised when he announced that he had chosen Mozart’s Concerto #21 in C Major. I was not prepared for what I heard next. His fingers were light on the keys; they even danced nimbly on the ivories. He went from pianissimo to fortissimo…from allegro to virtuoso. His suspended chords that Mozart demands were magnificent! Never had I heard Mozart played so well by people his age.
After six and a half minutes, he ended in a grand crescendo and everyone was on their feet in wild applause. Overcome and in tears, I ran up on stage and put my arms around Robby in joy. “I’ve never heard you play like that Robby! How’d you do it?”
Through the microphone Robby explained: “Well Miss Hondorf…remember I told you my mom was sick? Well actually she had cancer and passed away this morning. And well….she was born deaf so tonight was the first time she ever heard me play. I wanted to make it special.”
There wasn’t a dry eye in the house that evening. As the people from Social Services led Robby from the stage to be placed into foster care, I noticed that even their eyes were red and puffy and I thought to myself how much richer my life had been for taking Robby as my pupil. No, I’ve never had a protégé but that night I became a protégé…of Robby’s. He was the teacher and I was the pupil. For it is he that taught me the meaning of perseverance and love and believing in yourself and maybe even taking a chance in someone and you don’t know why.
This is especially meaningful to me since after serving in Desert Storm, Robby was killed in the senseless bombing of the Alfred P. Murral Federal Building in Oklahoma City in April of 1995, where he was reportedly….playing the piano.
And now, a footnote to the story. If you are thinking about forwarding this message, you are probably thinking about which people on your address list aren’t the “appropriate” ones to receive this type of message. The person who sent this to you believes that we can all make a difference.
We all have thousands of opportunities a day to help realize God’s plan. So many seemingly trivial interactions between two people present us with a choice: Do we pass along a spark of the Divine? Or do we pass up that opportunity, and leave the world a bit colder in the process?
The Kid: This story always makes the scribe cry even though have read it hundreds of times over the years. Critics might be thinking ‘In an astrological magazine does this write up have any place’. The point that scribe wants to highlight is unless we become like ‘The Kid’ in our story – pure at heart, compassionate, dedicated & preserving in our astro studies with the Only aim of realizing what this great science is we might not be able to even grasp 1% of what this science is though we might become better predictors & know hundreds of techniques but the grace of the Universal Energy won’t come on us to truly understand the meaning & beauty of this science. If we as astrologers develop the deepest love the child had for pleasing his mother & replicate that love towards each individual who comes to us for a reading, then scribe is sure the guidance & predictions that will flow out of our mouth will only be God inspired. To end this piece scribe recollects a chance reading of a Text that is so necessary for current day astrologers & spiritual enthusiasts wherein an Old Saint was asked the secret to beget Gods Love, he said, ‘Be a Kid’, when asked why he said ‘The Kid Always Wins’.
It took us years to realize fully the meaning of what he meant by those 4 words.