Sunday, October 11, 2009

The Art Auction ... and a Story of Unexpected Beauty

The Art Auction was last night. I would like to publicly thank Anne Bouse and Chelle Hamel as well as the many other volunteers and participants. The early-bird raffle winner (drawn from the names of those who paid for their tickets by 9/25) was Mrs. Hurst. The teacher with the most parents and friends represented was Mrs. Rea. Both these people won $25 Target certificates. Congratulations!

Sadly, we did not meet the 150 person attendance we had hoped for -- we had less than 100 people there. Which means that, financially speaking, Boosters took a hit on this one. And yet, we also learned something about where our priorities need to be. In a word, Boosters needs to do a better job at encouraging families to see South Arbor as a place that supports not just teacher and students, but families.

I was touched to see MANY Boosters Plus families, who could have stayed at home because they had already made their contribution at the beginning of the year. Many of the South Arbor leadership were also present: Mr. and Mrs. DiLaura and Mr. Hudson as well as most of the SALT leaders, and a few teachers and board members came and gave their support. Their presence was greatly appreciated.

I only wish there had been more of you!

The day after our Art Auction, this short story seems especially appropriate ...

On a cold January morning in 2007, in a Washington, DC Metro subway station, a man stopped among the throngs of morning commuters, pulled out his violin and began to play. The man played several Bach pieces, with the beautiful sounds echoing off of the subway station walls like the shell of a well-build amphitheater.

During the time he played, over two thousand people went through the station, most lost in their busy thoughts, hustling their way to work. Only 6 people stopped and listened for a short while. About 20 gave money but continued to walk at their normal pace. The man collected a total of $32.

No one knew this, but the violinist was Joshua Bell, one of the greatest musicians in the world. He played one of the most intricate pieces ever written, with a violin valued at $3.5 million dollars. Two days before, Joshua Bell sold out a theater in Boston where the price of seats averaged over $100.
This is a true story. Joshua Bell playing incognito in the metro station was part of a social experiment about perception, taste and people's priorities. The questions raised: in a common place environment at an inappropriate hour, do we perceive beauty? Do we stop to appreciate it? Do we recognize talent in an unexpected context?

If we do not have a moment to stop and listen to one of the best musicians in the world, playing some of the finest music ever written, with one of the most beautiful instruments ever made.... what else are we missing?

As reported in the Washington Post. Submitted by Lorin K.If enjoyed this story, please forward it to your friends and ask them to subscribe to to begin receiving their copy of these blessings.

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