The cherry on top.
Or, as the straightforward folks at Oxford Dictionaries explain it, “a desirable feature perceived as the finishing touch to something that is already very good.”
Oodles of lessons and hours of practice and the drone of the metronome.
Ah, but that cherry.
Looking on: Patience and Fortitude, the famous stone lions named by Fiorello La Guardia.
Thanks, Luke Jerram, for this random act of music.
So. What’s the finishing touch In your life?
“Pure love is a willingness to give without a thought of receiving anything in return.” *
*Quote by Peace Pilgrim, Mildred Lisette Norman. I learned about her while working on a special project. (Remember our Peace Tree, Mary and Sue?)
From 1953 to 1981, Norman walked more than 25,000 miles on a personal pilgrimage for peace. She vowed to remain a wanderer ”until mankind has learned the way of peace”, walking until given shelter and fasting until given food. In the course of her 28-year pilgrimage, she touched the hearts, minds, and lives of thousands of individuals all across North America. Her message was both simple and profound. See why she made a lasting impression on me.
As a kid, I spent a lot of time with Changeable Charlie’s Aunt. This rotating block face wood puzzle makes a megamonstrous 4,194,304 different faces. In 1952, some laugh-launchingly clever
pixies mathematicians at the Gaston Manufacturing Company created this toy, a bit of whimsy that helped cement a generation. (I wonder if they still send ‘postal cards‘.)
The blocks are removed by poking in the holes on the bottom of the box. You rotate them to change the face. A mere 11 wood blocks ~ paper sides, different face parts ~ continue to attract and distract me in my Boomer years.
Want your own vintage Changeable Charlie’s Aunt game?
Want to make her laugh, cry, glare, or stare?
Time keeps running out
on my brow, from playing