Miss Zinnia Sings Pie Jesu For A Kindly Gentleman Who Will Not Soon Forget Her

by Becky on November 20, 2012 · 2 comments

in Music, Travel


This morning, in a small town in Catalunya, in an old church high up on a hill, Miss Zinnia sang for a man of mature years who took the time to give us an impromptu tour.  He showed us through the church, rebuilt after the Spanish Civil War.


By European standards, it is brand new.  But the gorgeous art work on the walls dates to the 1500’s.  And the sarcophagus, to the 1100’s.  He was proud indeed of his church, this gentleman, and, after telling us the story of its reconstruction and contents, he needed to be thanked properly.  So I suggested to Miss Zinnia that she sing for him as a gesture of gratitude.  When she agreed, I explained that my daughter had a gift for him–a short song.  Immediately he sat down, ready for her music.


Hearing a young person sing in a stone church with a vibrant echo is a near surreal experience.  When that person is your child, the experience is sublime.  So thought our fine gentleman, too.  When he rose at the conclusion of Pie Jesu, he had tears in his eyes.  “I have become emotional,” he said in Spanish, clearing his throat.  He explained that he had a granddaughter just Miss Z.’s age.    Clearly, he missed her.  And clearly, he felt he had been duly thanked for his time.


It may not be practical to break into song each time a kind person needs to be thanked.  But in a country church frequented by few people, a song was perfect.


Karen November 21, 2012 at 8:05 am

What a beautiful story! Clearly a memory that will be such a treasure.

Have a lovely thanksgiving!

Becky November 22, 2012 at 9:16 am

Karen, I loved your list of the things you’re grateful for. It inspired me, truly. What also struck me is that, being who you are, you inspire gratitude in others! Yours is a lucky family indeed, having you at the heart of things. Have an equally lovely Thanksgiving!

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