Ah! That got your attention!
Radio 3 (our classical radio station – courtesy of the BBC) played Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto this morning as I drove to work! Great for jollying along the journey.
It brought back a happy memory of when I was au pairing in Paris – well to be absolutely correct I’d just been fired from my au pair job by Madame who lost the plot one evening! I’d been out with ‘les enfants’ during the afternoon – as usual – keeping them clear of the flat so she could entertain who ever it was that day! We came across some other children throwing stones – I got hit fair and square on the head by a particularly large stone and ended up in hospital having stitches (having first returned her children to her loving care I might add! All the while bleeding somewhat profusely over everyone!). Anyway she fired me for not looking after the children that evening as I retreated to bed with a headache!!! The joys of au pairing!!
Back to my story – It was a couple of weeks or so after this. I’d found somewhere to live and I was earning the odd few francs babysitting as I still had 8 weeks left to finish my French course! All I had to my name was my fare home and 100 francs! And for reasons which I can now not explain I hadn’t told my parents!!
I queued for over 4 hours to see Artur Rubinstein play the Emperor Concerto! It was one of the last concerts he gave – he did 2 performances that day! So basically I queued through the first one!!
I paid my last 100 francs for the privilege! And I can promise you it was worth it!!
When I finally owned up to my parents a few days later that I was somewhat destitute, they, of course, bailed me out. My father didn’t feel I’d squandered my money at all!!!
So occasionally it’s worth “Throwing caution to the wind” and going with the flow! After all if one doesn’t then memories like the one I have wouldn’t exist!