Can I still play the piano?

When my Father went into the hospital years ago for an operation the surgeon was asking him the usual pre-operation questions. My father listened attentively. and then inquired “when I leave the hospital doctor will I be able to play the piano? The doctor quickly assured my father that the operation would not hinder his musical ability. “You will certainly be able to play the piano” he answered with great conviction. My father with a straight face answered “that’s funny I couldn’t play the piano before the operation. “Ever the little boy still resided in him though he was eighty years old. I loved that about him, and hope that I can in some ways retain the silly as well as the serious.

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