CAROLYN'S COMPOSITIONS

August 11, 2012

Honoring Benny’s 70 Years as a Church Organist

CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS

HONORING BENNY’S 70 YEARS AS A CHURCH ORGANIST

Co-written by his daughter Lena

My apologies for the changing of this post. In error I posted it on the 10th instead of the 11th, and had to remove it. I didn’t know that in changing the date on the post it would make the notifications not work—first because it was removed, second because the date change. Please bear with this third, and perhaps more successful, posting.   Carolyn Cornell Holland

Multiple shades of early summer greens, painted against a blue sky accented by fluffy white clouds, marked the day that I noticed an older (back then I was not old, but anyone with white hair was) gentleman looking at our church. I greeted the soft-spoken man who introduced himself as Benny and told me he had traveled to the United States from Amman, Jordan. He was visiting his daughter Lena, who lived in a nearby housing subdivision with her husband, Mufeed, who was from Cairo, Egypt. They had two sons: Michael, age eight and Ramsey, three.

Benny was looking for a church to attend during his time in the United States. Our church membership grew by four—and to five at the times Benny was visiting.

It didn’t take me long to learn of Benny’s love for family, church, and music.

 What can I say about a father who provided a home that was filled with music. We sang hymns and listened to the words of the latest hymn that was just composed or translated.

Christmas time was the unforgettable time, a time filled with caroling. I will never forget the times when family members and friends came to our house, where everyone had a great time visiting over a Christmas meal followed by singing carols as my Dad played the organ.

These memories that will always bring a great big smile to our faces.

Benny passed his music tradition down to Lena’s son Michael in
spite of the challenge of living across the ocean from them. A piano teacher, he not only sent grandson Michael piano lessons by mail—he also sent him (more…)

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Honoring Benny’s 70 Years as a Church Organist

CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS

HONORING BENNY’S 70 YEARS AS A CHURCH ORGANIST

Co-written by Lena

 Multiple shades of early summer greens, painted against a blue sky accented by fluffy white clouds, marked the day that I noticed an older (back then I was not old, but anyone with white hair was) gentleman looking at our church. I greeted the soft-spoken man who introduced himself as Benny and told me he had traveled to the United States from Amman, Jordan. He was visiting his daughter Lena, who lived in a nearby housing subdivision with her husband, Mufeed, who was from Cairo, Egypt. They had two sons: Michael, age eight and Ramsey, three.

Benny was looking for a church to attend during his time in the United States. Our church membership grew by four—and to five at the times Benny was visiting.

It didn’t take me long to learn of Benny’s love for family, church, and music.

 What can I say about a father who provided a home that was filled with music. We sang hymns and listened to the words of the latest hymn that was just composed or translated.

Christmas time was the unforgettable time, a time filled with caroling. I will never forget the times when family members and friends came to our house, where everyone had a great time visiting over a Christmas meal followed by singing carols as my Dad played the organ.

These memories that will always bring a great big smile to our faces.

Benny passed his music tradition down to Lena’s son Michael in spite of the challenge of living across the ocean from them. A piano teacher, he not only sent grandson Michael piano lessons by mail—he also (more…)

July 24, 2012

Surprise 50th Birthday Party Aborted

CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS

SURPRISE 50TH BIRTHDAY PARTY ABORTED

Paulette’s fiftieth birthday was coming in two weeks, on a Sunday.

She expressed a desire to have a surprise birthday party based on five-year-old activities—creatively reversing the number 50 to 05. I’d asked her if she liked the local Chinese buffet, which she did.

I called a couple of people I believed were willing to come, and arranged a time to meet at the Chinese restaurant. Then I called Paulette and told her I would drive across the county, pick her up, take her to church, and then take her out to lunch afterwards.

Paulette was excited about the invitation. However, there was a caveat: a relative might invite her to visit.

“OK,” I said. “I understand that. Just let me know if you are leaving town.”

A few days later she told me she didn’t want to go to church on her birthday. She would go, as usual, on Saturday evening. Then she stated that a day of church and lunch was boring.

“What would you like to do?”

“I want to (more…)

April 18, 2008

BRAMBLES (BRIEF RAMBLES) 2008-1: April 17—On Sprint’s Poverty, Quality Water and Relationships

BRAMBLES (BRIEF RAMBLES) is a new column on my site, www.carolyncholland.wordpress.com. It will relate, comment on and explore eclectic topics pertinent to my (and others’) life in several short segments. This first BRAMBLE explores Sprint’s poverty, Quality Water and Relationships.

SUPPORT SPRINT IN ITS POVERTY!?!
Sprint will go broke if my neighbor doesn’t pay her last bill after closing her account with them. It was for (more…)

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