I had a close encounter last Wendsday (June 23) involving my violin. Note that every event in this story is true.
My parents, siblings and I headed off to Wendsday night church as usual. I was planning to meet up and practice a piece with a pianist friend after the service in one of the church's music rooms. We were in a bit of a rush though; so, as my dad shooed us out to the car. I wasn't completly ready to go. I had my books, shoes, socks, and violin in my arms.
In order to avoid dropping anything while opening the car door, I put my violin (in the case) on top of the Honda Civic before throwing everything else in the car and getting in.
I was amazed at how long the violin stayed on top of the car. It wasn't until we had made a left turn onto a local highway that we all heard the thud of the violin case hitting the trunk of the car and then the road.
Of course I stayed completley calm (screamed like a college girl in a horror flick.) Moments later my dad does a loop off of the east bound half of the highway with a 55 mile/hour speed limit; going into, and out of the grassy dividing median and back onto the emergency lane of the highway facing the oncoming traffic. I run out and save my precious instrument that was sitting in one lane as two eighteen-wheelers pass me by in the adjacent lane. The drivers probably didn't know weather or not to laugh or yell at this barefoot boy with his shirt untucked and belt unbuckled practically diving to save what appeared to them as nothing more than a black case.
My instrument is not exactly a strad; in fact, it's just a chinese made violin that costs probably less than what many of you make in a weeks salary. But I didn't realize how much I cherished it until I almost lost it. Sure, it's cheap. But on a good day, and after a lil practice, we can make some decent music. I'm not saying I'd want that whole scenario to happen again, but it certainly made this cheap box and strings a little bit more cherished and sentimental in value.
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