Back in college, Bob was playing in a band, and Amber and her mother happened to be in the audience. Amber’s mother pointed him out and expressed approval. The simple gesture turned out to be the start of a long and wonderful story. Both were talented musicians, and Amber was and remains a total “knockout” according to Bob (and anyone else who knows Amber). A perfect match. “Forty-seven years, and the word “divorce” never came up,” says Bob. “Murder, maybe.” 😀
These two are so warm and full of life that it spills over to everyone around them. I happened to be standing in the back of a rehearsal room for Amber’s surprise retirement party a few weeks ago – a jovial end to 20 years of service as the accompanist for the Knox College choirs. Beautiful words were said and read, all attesting to the care and love and generosity that she has poured out upon her students over the years. I had only met Amber a half a dozen times or so, but already I could easily echo the many words given of her – that she genuinely cares about others, and her ability to see the best in everyone makes her a delightful teacher and a wonderful friend.
Bob, equally kind and good-humored, makes a wonderful companion for her. Though it poured rain outside, we took refuge in a concert hall where both have played many times over the years. They told me about their three (soon to be four!) grandsons, and their love for biking and cooking. I would have gladly put down the camera and listened to stories all night.
Bob and Amber, thank you for taking time out of your busy lives to share your stories and talents with me. It’s been a pleasure to run into you at concerts this year. I so appreciate the kindness you’ve extended me and Danny, and what a delight to see all the positive impacts you’ve made in the lives of those around you. And Amber – anyone who makes Danny’s life as easy and pleasant as you did is permanently awesome in my book. Thanks for being a wonderful support to him and to all your students. Have a very happy retirement!