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Dream it; Believe it

I may be getting on in age but I’ve never stopped dreaming. When I was a little girl I used to spend so much time — especially at school — daydreaming. I would dream all kinds of things. But when I was daydreaming it wasn’t to escape reality or to have wishes that I knew wouldn’t or couldn’t come true. I was certain those dreams could one day come true. One of them has.

“Without leaps of imagination or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all is a form of planning.”  ~ Gloria Steinem

About two months ago I saw a sign for an estate sale and, curious cat that I am, decided to follow the signs and see what it was all about. Inside the dust- and cobweb-laden home was an assortment of furnishings and knick knacks, none of which interested me. But in the living room was a small apartment size piano that really caught my eye. I went over and played a few keys. To make this long story short, I ended up putting an offer on the piano and purchased it. It’s now been tuned and I’ve begun taking lessons. How does this tie in to my daydreaming? As a child — even as an adult — I longed to one day have a piano. It needn’t be anything grand, but I always wanted to play an instrument especially a piano. So, just as Gloria Steinem said, “Dreaming … is a form of planning.”

“when hope gets released in a place, all kinds of things are possible” ~ Joan Bauer, Hope Was Here.


She doesn’t have a name yet but it will be something French and likely old world. She’s a Lesage, built in Quebec Canada in the 75th year of the new Lesage piano factory. In fact, I would entertain  your suggestions for a suitable name of French origin — and if you have a story about the name, all the better.

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Gabriele - August 7, 2012 - 6:04 pm

Thanks for sending me to your post. Your words are lovely and your picture is wonderful. I have a question. What program allows you you write your name on your photo? I am just new to photography skills and I’ve been wondering.

Angela - August 7, 2012 - 6:17 pm

What a wonderful story. Let us know how the lessons are going. As far as a French name– Bernadette, Nicole, Renee, Bridget


Candace - August 7, 2012 - 9:39 pm

Claire? As in “de lune” and “clear”? Simple but elegantly French.

Diane - August 12, 2012 - 7:45 pm


Thank you so much for stopping by but especially for offering your great name suggestions. I hope to name her soon from the lovely names offered in this past week.


Deborah Carr - August 14, 2012 - 5:29 pm

Oh Diane, I love this story! I am so happy that you stumbled into this lovely dream-come-true…and so serendipitously! I can see you, now…backlit amongst the dust motes and cobwebs, running your fingers along her cool ivory keys and hearing her notes in your little girl heart.

9It seems that dreams are the topic for August. I just did my own post on dreams.)

sherri - August 15, 2012 - 12:57 pm

looks like a lovely piano. i play so i’m partial to their beauty. i think you’ll have to choose the name because you know her:-)

Cicerosings - August 20, 2012 - 7:02 pm

As a little girl I wanted to learn piano too. BUT, we were on the move and far to poor to afford lessons let alone a piano. When I turned about 19 I did take a few lessons but had to practice at someone else’s house so it didn’t go all that well. I really am not a musical person but sure did wanna be!