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!
I loved listening to that violin this morning. So lovely.ReplyDelete
Of course, I had a great chuckle over your cookie story. You do have a reputation for having a "fun" place to be.
Mr. Gingold had a very distinctive sound. I could listen to him play all day!Delete
Consider them your cookie elves.ReplyDelete
Cool that you were able to meet such a master - and that he was a good inspiration to boot.
At least I didn't have to bake them this week. It was nice to have a little help.Delete
Mr. Gingold was definitely a master!
Josef plays the violin beautifully and I also enjoyed listening to the interview. You were fortunate to have the opportunity to meet one of your idols.
I found your story about discovering teenagers in your kitchen making cookies rather disturbing. Why aren't they standing on a street corner somewhere getting into trouble like normal teenagers? :)
<< We baked the cookies together, and they turned out great! >>
I have a feeling those young people are gonna turn out great, too.
They know it's way more fun to bake cookies than to stand on the corner getting in trouble! They're all good kids.Delete
You met your teacher's teacher? That is so neat!ReplyDelete
Especially since he is considered one of the best violin pedagogues of all time!Delete
Josef Gingold plays beautifully. Enjoyed the music and the interview. As for the cookie bakers...you have got to be the BEST Mom ever. Most mothers won't have been so calm and helpful. Those kids will remember that forever.ReplyDelete
I thought it was kind of funny to see those teenaged boys in my kitchen. Usually it's teenaged girls!Delete
It's great to meet someone you admire, thanks for sharing your question of the Month.ReplyDelete
Loved the cookie story, can always guarentee a chuckle reading your posts.
Always something interesting going on at my pad. Glad you enjoyed the question of the month answer.Delete
Enjoyed it all--the music, interview, and unexpected cookie-baking company. :)ReplyDelete
Glad you liked this post! :)Delete
Great you were able to meet him. I guess you just have the cookie making house.ReplyDelete
My house is definitely the cookie-making house! I bake cookies every week.Delete
How awesome that you got to meet him.ReplyDelete
Yours sound the fun house in your neighborhood!
My house is definitely the fun house. It didn't take long for all the kids to figure that out! ;-)Delete
That is the house you want to be as a parent. Ours was the that place when our kids were teenagers.ReplyDelete
It's good to have all the friends at my place. That way I get to know them, and make sure they're staying out of trouble.Delete
It's awesome that you were able to meet someone who means so much to your musical career AND that it was a great experience.ReplyDelete
You know, if my neighbors showed up in my house randomly and baked cookies for me... well, I could get used to that.
Haha. Yes. Having kids randomly come over and bake cookies was a pretty good deal. :-)Delete
Hi Sherry, I too admired Mother Teresa. And you emulated her by letting the teenager boys bake cookies. Now that's showing love to your neighbors. :-)ReplyDelete
Mother Teresa was a wonderful person. She exemplified love. Definitely someone to emulate!Delete
I hope you found Bubba. Mi casa es me casa, y la casa do los perros.ReplyDelete
Bubba was playing video games. He was easy to locate. I'm sure your doggies love your house, because you're such a good mommy to them!Delete
All of my role models have been people I knew IRL. My mama, my Aunt Billie, a couple of women I have worked with. Life & Faith in CaneyheadReplyDelete
It's great that you've had close people who have served as role models.Delete
I listened to the musical track, it was beautiful. It's good to know you come from a good lineage ;)ReplyDelete
I feel very fortunate! But I have a lot to live up to!Delete
I'd like to find out the beginning of that story. Why did they come over to your house? Why wasn't Bubba with them? But good for you in helping them out.ReplyDelete
They wanted to hang with Bubba, but Bubba wanted to play video games. So, he got out the stuff to make cookies and told them to make them. They obliged.Delete
When I was in middle school in Northern Indiana I took violin lessons from a guy who was kind of a local celebrity. He was well known in the area because he was the strolling violinist in a smorgasbord restaurant. My family ate there a few times. My teacher was good on the violin, but I was more impressed by the food on the buffet. There was an immense wheel of blue cheese and I loved blue cheese. Besides I saw my teacher every week at my lesson and I thought he was kind of mean. I don't think he liked teaching music that much.ReplyDelete
A to Z Challenge Co-host
Tossing It Out
It's too bad when great violinists aren't great teachers. There are quite a few like that. They'd rather be playing. Sorry your experience was not a good one. The smorgasbord restaurant sounded like a pretty good place to eat!Delete
I think it's wonderful that your neighborhood teenagers felt your house was a good one to bake cookies in. A safe place. A place where cookies were made. A home with a mom who would let anyone in to make cookies. I would be proud to be so honored!ReplyDelete
They certainly do feel at home at my place. I'm really glad of that!Delete
How cool that you were able to meet one of your inspirations! Josef sounds like such a wonderful person, for sure...ReplyDelete
He most certainly was! I wish he was still alive so I could learn more from him!Delete
Your house does seem fun after reading all these stories. :) It's wonderful seeing a glimpse into your inspirations.ReplyDelete
Haha! Many years of stories here.Delete
It's so wonderful to have someone to look up to and then to meet them only deepens the respect.ReplyDelete
It's great when someone you look up to turns out to be an awesome person!Delete
He did have an amazing voice. So nice that you got to meet him.ReplyDelete
Kids were always welcome in our house too, but none ever stepped up and baked me cookies. I'm going to have to have a talk with some boys. LOL
Maybe if you put the ingredients out on the counter and give them a hint, they'll start baking. ;-)Delete
Music is brilliant !ReplyDelete
A very beautiful post :)
Lovely post. I really enjoyed it. Thanks.ReplyDelete
Greetings from London.
Glad you enjoyed it.Delete
What lovely music! And I laughed at that story. When growing up, all us neighborhood kids went into each other's homes freely. No one had a locked door, but I never baked cookies in anyone's house!ReplyDelete
I found it a bit surprising. If I was the kid, I would've asked the parent before I started baking. I guess times have changed.Delete
I like this "I met someone I admire" story. I like classical music, but admit that I don't invest in it the way I should.ReplyDelete
Cute kid story. Sounds about right when you have kids. That was my house when I was growing up.
There are always lots of kids running around at my place.Delete
Hehehehe I wonder how the "let's bake cookies at Bubba's" idea came to be.ReplyDelete
I'm quite certain Bubba was the mastermind. He probably wanted cookies and convinced his friends to come over and make them.Delete
Absolutely, my nan is one of them actually. She's a warrior and so strong with her health problems that I definitely admire her strength and courage.ReplyDelete
Raindrops of Sapphire
I don't have anyone that I admire that I endeavor to meet... I think it is great the people are able to meet people that they admire...ReplyDelete
I don't know how I would react to finding someone in my kitchen baking cookies... that didn't live here... lol... I guess my house isn't the fun house. It was really nice that you taught them how to bake the cookies xox