Topic: Grace in the Dulcimer Community
One of the things I love and appreciate about this dulcimer community is the selflessness of people as they strive to share the music and help others to learn it as well. Just last Sunday one of our faculty wrote to tell us:
“As much as I hate to write this, I am not going to be able to teach at the Pocono festival. Yesterday morning I fell down some stairs at a church where I was preaching. I have fractured at least two bones in my right wrist, one of them also affects the right thumb. It will be at least a week before the doc can cast it and then a minimum of 4-6 weeks in the cast.
I can't tell you how disappointed I am nor how excited I was to teach for your festival. I may try to come anyway and just listen to all the great music.
I'm so sorry to let you down.”
After sharing with our festival team I contacted Alf Bashore to see if he might offer a class in the slot now vacated by Lynn. Alf wrote back suggesting, “I just had a revelation: I can volunteer to be Lynn's hands and she teaches the workshop. All I would need is her workshop music/tab to rehearse a bit. It's a thought. Let me know what you think. (If she teaches and I volunteer, then she gets paid and I get to volunteer.)”
While this was happening Lynn shared with her friend, Nina Zanetti, the circumstances of her injury and disappointment to which Nina replied by offering to be Lynn’s hands!!
So now Lynn will be teaching her classes and Nina and Alf will be her “hands” in those workshops! I don’t know about you who might read this but I think that is just an awesome act of unselfish kindness and an inspiration to me (I hope you too) as to the power and beauty of selfless giving – something I not only see this time of year, but many times in this dulcimer music community.