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Wednesday, January 14, 2009

The Truth of the Matter

Great article from the NewsObserver today. It's about a woman who thought she was encountering a famous concert pianist.

It's the first Monday of the new year, a fine day in Carrboro. I am at the Harris Teeter, list in hand, confidently navigating my weekly shopping. I turn into the cereal aisle and notice a guy in running shorts contemplating the organics. I say to myself, "Omigosh, that's Greg!"

I am a piano teacher. Greg is one of my colleagues. Since moving here a year ago, I have heard Greg play. He's outstanding, has received numerous awards and performs internationally. I have a CD of his music.

So she decides to say hello. Hi Greg!

According to her:

He turns around, smiles warmly.

I continue: "Marilyn Pinschmidt, programs chair for Durham and Chapel Hill Music Teachers Associations."

He still looks puzzled. He doesn't recognize me.

The man doesn't recognize her, mainly because he being called Greg and because he is looking for a cereal either EE asked for or he's curious about (my opinion only).

Then suddenly I realize this person may not be Greg, and in fact isn't Greg. Of course he is confused by this encounter. I feel disappointed that he isn't Greg. I am suddenly a stranger again in this "new" place. But this man somehow seemed so familiar --and I had confused him totally. He, of course, was clearly mystified by this encounter.

"Oh, you're not Greg McCallum, are you?"

The affable hand comes forward. "No. I'm John Edwards."

Then the moment of truth appears, and only an older woman or a precocious child would reply:
"Oh, I'm pleased to meet you."
"But you look a lot like Greg McCallum. Greg's a concert pianist."

Edwards looked amused, "Wow. I wish I were a concert pianist right now."

Yep, I bet Elizabeth laughed at that one--and John smiling too, if he shared that moment with her. She's the musical one between them as a couple.

As one of my friends said, JRE never met strangers for long.

Here are the pics of Greg McCallum and JRE:

Yeah, maybe cousins, but JRE's hair is too full of calicks. And his eyes are so blue. I think I would have known him. But what an innocent way to meet your neighbors.

I think I would have asked about Elizabeth, Emma Claire and Jack.

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  • That was a delightful report, Benny. I enjoyed your analysis.
    Thanks for sharing.

    By Blogger Cherubim, at 11:06 AM  

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