I have an exciting day ahead of me and will definitely fill you guys in on the details later. Right now, I want to share about the big step that I have decided to take. I used to play the violin, not bc my parents forced me to, but because of my unexplainable love for the instrument. While most of the parents took their kids to rehearsals and attended concerts, mine didn’t. I almost always had to hitch a ride with my friends. I say this not to gain pity but to show a glimpse of how much dedication and love I had for playing. Mrs. Pitts was my one and only violin teacher. Her life story is incredible. She came to the States with basically nothing except her violin and her passion for music, and she confidently fought her way into the Julliard School of Music. All her students were top-notch players and superstars in the orchestra realm, and to this day, I still don’t know why she decided to take me (a helpless girl who had taught herself all the wrong techniques) in to be her student. In any case, I cannot thank her enough. Then, in my senior year of high school, she decided to retire early, and I couldn’t have been happier for her.
During my sophomore year in college, I can recall vividly the day I got a call from my mom telling me that Mrs. Pitts had lost her battle with lung cancer. The crazy thing is…I didn’t even know that she had cancer! I felt so numb. Helpless. Weak. Hopeless. Angry. Bitter. Depressed…I had no idea I was capable of so many complex emotions. It was the first time I had lost someone so dear to me, and I dealt with it the best way I knew how…
Since her death, I dared not touch my violin – the one that Mrs. Pitts hand-selected herself. How could I? Her fingerprints were and still are all over it. My prized instrument is merely collecting dust.
Well, lately, I’ve found myself staring at the case quite frequently. I must admit, despite all the lies that I’ve told myself that I don’t care to play it anymore, I do miss hearing the magnificent sound radiating from my beloved.
On Sunday evening, we went to a house concert to hear Ruby Jane, a 17 yr. old singer-songwriter, fiddle prodigy, and blossoming vocalist. She’s absolutely tremendous! Breathtakingly talented! I won’t go into all the details, but I must mention that she was the youngest fiddler ever to play the Grand Ole Opry. Enough said.
Seeing her play with such passion ignited something in me. I WANT to and I NEED to play again. Quite frankly, I don’t even know if my fingers will know where to place themselves on the fingerboard, if my left hand will vibrato for me, or if my right hand will grip and move the bow in one fluid motion. Regardless, I’ve taken the first step…
Hello, beautiful! I’m sorry that I neglected you..can we be friends again? I look forward to developing and rekindling our relationship once again. I wonder how Mrs. Pitts would feel about this major step. I hope she’s smiling.
As a reward for allowing me to share with you my story, I leave you guys with this quick, healthy, and satisfying recipe that’s perfect for a busy weekday.
I had some tomatillos that have been in my fridge for a week, and so I searched for recipes containing tomatillos and found this one! Sounded perfect, and I immediately got to work. I modified the recipe slightly, as I didn’t have all the ingredients on hand.
Chicken with Tomatillo and Avocado Sauce
- 1 small red onion, peeled and quartered
- 1 jalapeño, seeded
- 3 small tomatillos, husked, cored, and quartered
- 1 clove garlic, peeled
- 1 Tbsp EVOO
- 1 avocado, peeled
- 2 Tbs. cilantro
- 2 Tbs. lime juice (1 lime)
- 1/4 cup almond milk (I used Silk Pure Almond Original)
- 1 tsp salt and pepper
- 4 small chicken breasts
- Preheat the broiler. Place the onion, jalapeño, tomatillos, and garlic in a pan and drizzle with about 1 Tbs. EVOO
- Broil for a few minutes, until the veggies begin to soften and char
- Allow to cool
- Remove and place in a food processor
- Add the avocado, cilantro, and lime juice to the food processor
- Process until well-combined and slowly add in the almond milk
- Add salt and pepper
- Cook the chicken
- Pour the sauce over the chicken.
- The leftover sauce can be refrigerated up to 3 days.
You know how I love leftovers! With the refrigerated leftover sauce, I made a wrap made up of chicken, kale, sauce, tomatoes, and zucchini. It was so refreshing and delicious.
Have you ever played or still play an instrument?
Are there any hobbies that you dropped and want to pick up again?