_ This is a sad story. It might be seen as a metaphor for human life. It is about a piano.
This grand piano started its life over one hundred years ago (from the best I can determine), crafted by a master piano maker in Berlin. It has a low serial number and a brass medallion. Some might consider it an antique; it survived two world wars and more economic crises than one cares to recount. I know only of its last two stations and can only imagine its future.
This grand piano has been gracing our living room for that past 35 years. We obtained it from a music school, which was renewing its equipment. We gave it a home. My wife played on and off; my daughter took lessons, before losing interest. It spent many years as a pedestal for flower arrangements, picture frames, and Champagne buckets. Despites its age, taking up space, and no longer fulfilling its primary function, it added a bit of class to the room.
We tried for a year to sell it on the internet, hoping to find someone interested in playing a grand piano and willing to give it a home. I did not ask for much, but felt that it had some value. No one called. Finally, I offered it to a scrap metal dealer, if he would pick it up. Its innards must have some value. He agreed to pick it up, but would try to find a buyer. Perhaps a scavenger will have better luck finding someone to make music.
What is the metaphor? The life of this piano is like the life of a person. It was born with such hope and pomp. It fulfilled its role on many stages. In later life, its exterior was a bit rough, but its insides were sound, like the mind and soul of a senior citizen. Many old people are not wanted and are not valued, but still can carry a tune.
The living room has a new look (a female thing); there is more space. Still, there is a hole, and it will take time for the memory to fade.
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Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.