From Harp to Heart
--by SissyLee, posted Oct 21, 2019
I checked in with the nurses and they gave me a list of rooms. First I played to a sleeping man who would drift into and out of sleep. He smiled once, and several times, with his eyes closed, he reached out towards my harp. He was unresponsive to my voice, but he appreciated the harp.
The next room was another sleeper. I played some lullabies as she slept.
Two people said no thanks and then I found a lovely elder woman who was awake and alert. She had flowers everywhere and photos of her and her husband in his WW2 military uniform and her as a young bride.
She held my hand and talked for some time and was delighted to receive harp music. Playing for her was a special delight. She had questions about the harp and how long had I been playing, she wanted to know what did the harp weigh, how did I learn it, why did I want to learn it and so forth.
We talked about books for a bit as well. I played until her grandson came in -- he was visiting from overseas just to see her. This woman was deeply loved -- you could see that -- and for good reason. She was sensitive, graceful and kind. I learn so much from these beautiful people who are moving out of this life. It is always such a deep honor to play for them.