Recently I had the chance to handle a Leica M9. I was literally shaking, partly because I knew how much the camera was worth, but mostly because I could feel the promise held within this little box: The creativity it would unleash! The photos I could take! The places I could go! The possibilities in that camera overwhelmed me. I'm fairly confident that me plus that Leica M9 would be a beautiful combination, but alas its pricetag means it's something I can only dream about.
My daughter is relatively new to instrumental music. She took up the flute just one-and-a-half years ago n eighth grader, but she took to it right away, and her teachers have gone out of their way to praise her accomplishments to me. A few weeks ago, she and I visited a music shop that we had visited in the past, but with her new understanding of music, she saw through with different eyes. I like to think she saw the same promise of new creativity and possibility in the exotic instruments lining the walls and ceiling that I felt in that Leica M9. The store's owner sensed her excitement and gave her a tour. She got to try various exotic instruments including this hurdy gurdy (whose name is Mr. Bubbles -- yes, this hurdy gurdy has his own name and his own amazing story). My daughter came home dreaming of owning her own sitar or possibly an oud. I came home thrilled to see my daughter so inspired and already plotting how we can bring those instruments into our home.
Mapleeye's photo, uke, gives me that same sense of this promise -- a young man proudly holding his new ukelele, with all the creative possibilities held within.
Deirdre a.k.a. Superdewa.
uke by mapleeye