It's time for the Question of the month hosted by Michael D'Agostino. The question is, "Have you ever met the person you admire greatly and who is your roll model/ idol? And if so, how did it go?"
There are a few people who have served as inspirations/roll models in my life. I have only met one in person. That person was Josef Gingold. He was a famous violin teacher/performer, who happened to be my teacher's teacher. I met him through her. Not only was he a wonderful teacher, but he was a wonderful human being who served as a paternal figure for many of his students. When I met him, I was struck by his warmth and kindness. He is someone I strive to emulate, both in my teaching, and in the way I conduct myself.
Here's a recording of him playing the violin:
Here's a short interview with him: (I loved the sound of his voice!)
The other two people who serve as inspirations are violinist, Itzhak Perlman (who I've seen perform in person, but never actually met him), and Mother Theresa (who I think was an amazing woman).
Now for the story:
This past weekend, I came downstairs and found two teenaged boys in my kitchen. They were not my kids. My kids were nowhere to be seen. These two boys were busy making cookies. I was a little surprised, but since I knew these kids, I wasn't alarmed.
"Hello," I said. "What's up?"
They looked at me and smiled. "Hi, Mrs. Ellis. We're baking cookies."
I nodded. "I see. Where are my kids?"
They shrugged. "I don't know. Bubba was here and let us in. Now he's gone."
Okay. I watched them mix the batter.
"Does this look right?" one of the boys asked.
I nodded. "Yes. Perfect."
"Now what do we do?" the other asked.
"You'll have to heat the oven and put the batter on cookie sheets."
"How do we do that?"
I showed them how. "Have you ever baked cookies before?" I asked.
"No. But we've always wanted to."
All right, then. I really didn't think I'd be teaching the neighborhood kids how to bake cookies. And I really didn't think I'd find neighborhood kids in my kitchen attempting to bake cookies. But I guess they know where the fun house is!
We baked the cookies together, and they turned out great!