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(HH Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda)

Menosukhi Moments - Maestro's a Melter

My niece, The Maestro, today marks her 23rd birthday. It is remarkable, given that at birth she had a life expectancy of about 11 years. Born with a genetically induced spectrum which includes blindness, some motor disability, spinal and other skeletal malformation, kidney dysfunction and intellectual effects, she became a figure of research as much as a patient requiring treatment.

A kidney transplant changed the 'play' somewhat; not to mention outstanding love and support from all around.  

All this has not prevented Amy from being a major part of what is going on!  Her musical leanings became apparent from about 18 months, when she was given a toy keyboard. Tunes were emerging.  She only had to hear something once and she could repeat it almost perfectly. Music became her life. When it came time for education, she embarked upon it relatively enthusiastically, but it is really when music is present that she is fully and truly engaged. All the standard classes and grades have been obtained though and all credit to her - and her mother!

Amy is on a number of different peer groups and committees; she adores going to the cinema and theatre; she is quite the little fashion doll and has her finger on the social pulse.

...and she gives the best hugs possible!!!

Whilst staying with the father, I did a moderate amount of tidying (some of it resembling archaeological excavation, but let's not go down that gripe...) and amongst other things discovered a newspaper article which I would like to share with you.  Feel free to download and magnify if you so wish, as this gives the educational institution's point of view. Amy is now away from Stevenson (renamed Edinburgh College) and up to Dundee, at Abertay Uni for her honours year, but this gives a clear pointer to the challenges which are presented and how willingness can overcome anything...

There are many such wonderful and encouraging stories around the globe, but this one is personal!

The Maestro knows my 'blogname' for her and that I have some wonderful and caring readers who take an interest.  If you would like to join me in surprising her, please leave greetings in the comments box!!! (I shall SMS her at a later point in the day and get her to check them out...)


  1. Happy birthday Maestro!
    Your ever so proud Aunty told us all about you when she visited us in Aberdeen a couple of weeks ago.
    Very besest of best wishes,
    Gail and Bertie.

  2. Happy Birthday Amy
    Best wishes
    Hilary xx

  3. Have a very Happy Birthday Maestro!!
    Lots of Lhasa Hugs!
    Dory and her Mama Beth

  4. Happy birthday Maestrol,
    I wish her a sweet life.

  5. ♫ HAPPY 23rd Birfday to you MAESTRO Amy. ♫ We hope you have a wonderful time celebrating you special day. We can tell how PROUD of you Aunty Yam. You have Struck a Chord with US also. BRAVO

  6. Happy Birthday Amy! You are a fantastic young lady. I envy your talents. The family must be very proud of you. Bless you Maestro!

  7. Happy Birthday, to the Maestro. Your gift is well used making us better.

  8. Wishing you a very happy birthday, Maestro, and every success in your honours year. You are an inspiration.

  9. Happy Birthday to Amy! She is amazing and very blessed despite her challenges!

    Your pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

  10. Crikey Maestro ..... 23, aye?? I've been missing in action for a bit but I'd sure like to wish you a happy birthday even if I am a little late. Hope you had a great day!! You play the piano like an angel, aye?? My Mum LOVES the piano. She would love to be able to see you perform and envies you your talent. Did you get any icecream for your Birthday?? I LOVE icecream!!


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