You turned one today – happy birthday! It seems like you’ve been around much, much longer than that.
I remember the day I met you so vividly. I was meeting a friend at Guitar Center after work and I was running more than a bit late. I even remember which student caused my delay. When I got there, my friend was waiting with a smile, and the search began.
We walked inside and it was like entering a foreign land. Guitars were everywhere (go figure), along with assorted accessories that meant absolutely nothing to me. Someone from the store came over to help me decipher everything, and after asking us some basic questions, he began to bring different guitars over. Let’s be real: I had absolutely no idea what I was doing or how to judge the quality of these instruments. I’d play my part by strumming a few tentative chords on each one, and then I would pass it over to my friend for the real inspection.
Then you came over. You had this design around the sound hole that reminded me of the abalone shells I would find at the beach as a kid, and because of that, I really wanted you to sound good. Mark gave you the nod of approval, and a few minutes later, you were mine! I gingerly wrapped you in the giant purple blanket I keep in the car and nestled you in the backseat.
There was lightning that night, which seems fitting now, since you bring such light into my life. When I need to wind down after a long day of work and class, when I need to work through some frustration or hurt, when I need a pick-me-up, or when I just want to smile, I know you’re always there, waiting patiently. You never scold me when I neglect you and when it’s been a while, you gently remind me that you need a good tuning.
Whether it’s learning an old favorite by Rascal Flatts, grudgingly realizing that T. Swift has more talent than I gave her credit for, or just strumming along and singing to a fun song – we’ve had some good times together. You have a strange habit of turning a short practice break into an hour long therapy session, and for that, I’m grateful.
I know there is so much more for us to learn, and I look forward to that with anticipation. So tonight, I’d like to say thank you for all the joy you’ve brought my way over the last year, and here’s to the good times ahead!