Day 10: A Quiche for Heidi

16 Apr

It was a busy morning at my house.  First I chose to make a loaf of bread for my neighbor, Armo, to take on his trip to Seattle.  Then I whipped up a batch of walnut raisin bagels for breakfast.  And then I had a few pies to make for a dear friend for her dinner party.  All these tasks took a while to accomplish – and I hadn’t even begun to make my “pie of the day” yet.  But I had been thinking about who the recipient would be.

I first met Heidi many years ago at church.  I was not yet a member but she was always nice to me and found ways to include me.  One of my favorite memories of that time is when Heidi suggested that the women of the church perform music that was created by women that were held captive during WWII.   The documentary about these women is called “Song of Survival” and tells the tale of hardship that the women endured and how they found a way to “turn a situation of despair into a heroic symphony of triumph.”

And so began our musical journey.  We learned to sing songs without words; our voices mimicing the orchestral instruments of the works of Beethoven, Schubert and Chopin.  It was very challenging and incredibly beautiful.  I felt very lucky and blessed to be a part of such an undertaking.  On the night of our performance, when the documentary was shown to the audience, an old friend who just happened to be in town that day and had come to me in the choir, found out that her recently deceased brother was the narrator of that very same documentary.  How amazing!  And how perfectly wonderful to be a part of that convergence.

To Heidi – Thank you for your part in creating such a terrific performance and a lasting memory.  I hope that we can continue to find ways to create harmony and beauty in our lives and our community.

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2 Responses to “Day 10: A Quiche for Heidi”

  1. Heidi Parro Dalgarno April 16, 2011 at 5:23 AM #

    Thank you Karen, for the delicious quiche, and for your memories of that incredible experience. I am honored!

    • Carrie Prechtel April 16, 2011 at 2:55 PM #

      Yea, Heidi! Yea, Karen! Two of the nicest people I know!

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