Is that all?

Today a man made me smile with that question. He is a new patient for me. He was in bed watching tv when I came in and started playing. He fell asleep in the middle of it, a reaction I rather love because I know the importance of rest. I tried out one of my new songs, which I really shouldn’t have because it has a lever flip in an odd place, and lo and behold, he woke back up. I played another song to get him to sleep, and he started closing his eyes. By that time it’d been about 15 minutes, the amount of time I usually spend with the hospice patients. He seemed asleep again, so I stopped and was about to take off the harp when he said “Is that all?” So I played him two more soft tunes and put him back to sleep. He was totally out when I left.

Also today I was amazed by the look of peace on a woman’s face while listening to my harp in an oncology treatment room. Generally in this place people are in reclining chairs receiving chemotherapy and other medications, sometimes for hours and hours. This woman said she had just seen another harpist earlier this week – I wonder who it was! – and seemed so peaceful as I played. The smile on her face in an otherwise not-so-happy place is why I do what I do.

One Response to “Is that all?”

  1. Pait says:

    So true. Honesty and everything rencogiezd.

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