One of Tom's special guitars was a Gibson SG, created in the early 70s. It is now a "vintage" guitar.
At Tom's memorial at my house, Hayden, my nephew-in-law was allowed to play it. Hayden fell in love. He and his family came back to my home again over Christmas and again all we saw was Hayden's head bent over playing. After lots of thought and a few conversations, I gave Hayden Tom's precious guitar. We made an informal deal that we would get together in the Spring and he would play me a Beatles's song in honor of Tom.
Last weekend Hayden and his family came to my Mom's Easter brunch. Hayden still loved the guitar and told me more about the history of guitar and his experience with it than I could have hoped for. And then he played for us.
This young man is self-taught and has so much potential. As I listened all I saw was Tom and knew that it was not my idea to give Hayden the guitar.
It was Tom's.
Friday, April 2, 2010
For those of you that don't know, golfers hold some courses in very high esteem. Pebble Beach for example is a course every golfer wants to play. St. Andrews is another one.
The official name is St Andrews Links, and they claim to be the Home of Golf, 'where the game has been nurtured and developed for 600 years.' The website has photos of the course and club (http://www.standrews.org.uk/) and the day we were there it looked just like this. It was cold and windy and there was even an air show going on above us.
Tom and Gary played and I ate oranges and looked for bandit golf balls. After a great game we shopped (St. Andrews balls, St. Andrews sweater, St. Andrews club cover....)and then settled into a warm pub for Shepherds Pie and Guinness's.
It was one of those days that made Tom very, very happy,