The Baby Grand - Part 3

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by #1 New York Times bestselling author


Richard Paul Evans

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Richard Paul Evans is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Christmas Box and fourteen other bestselling novels.  He is the winner of two first-place Storytelling World Awards and the Romantic Times 1995 award for best women’s novel.  His newest bestseller, just in time for Mother’s Day, is called The Walk–the story of Alan Christoffersen, a man who loses everything and begins a journey from Seattle, Washington, to Key West, Florida.

In order to throw my wife off the scent, I told her that we’d go piano shopping on Saturday, which would be the day after my surprise arrived.  The plan backfired.

The idea of unrestrained piano shopping boiled the coupon-clipping, sale-watching consumer blood that coursed through Keri’s veins.  She fully intended to be a piano-buying expert by Saturday.  With notebook and calculator in hand, she ran to nearly every piano store in the Salt Lake Valley.  Ninety-six hours before V-day, Keri called my office.  I was learning to dread her calls.

“I’m really glad you didn’t buy that Queen Anne piano,” she said for the third time in two weeks.  “I don’t even want it anymore.  It’s not a good kind.”

My heart, well versed in the procedure, went into palpitations.  “Really?”  I asked meekly.

“Yeah.  The manufacturer is being sued for saying their soundboard is made of hardwood when it’s really not.  They have a piece of particle board sandwiched between two layers of hardwood, and the ultra-resins they use can eventually separate.  Good thing I found this out before we made a big mistake.”

“I’d hate to have the ultra-resins separate,” I repeated stupidly.

“Besides, I prefer the look of this other piano I found.”

It’s not worth it, I thought.  Nothing is worth this.  I was about to break, to tell all, to confess my purchase and ruin the surprise when, inexplicably, a fire ignited in my chest.  No, I would not give in.  Never.  I had come too far to be denied.  The wrong piano?  The heck with the piano.  I didn’t care if my brand of piano caused cancer.  It was the surprise that mattered.  My wife would be surprised whether she liked it or not.  No one, especially my wife, would take this surprise from me…er…her.

“Honey, how about we go see the piano this Saturday.”

To my surprise she agreed. “Good idea,” she said. “You’ll be glad you did.” 

“I’m sure I will.”

For better or worse, I had succeeded. Broken, but successful. Friday was the day of the piano movers and the surprise of my wife’s life.  The mother of all Mother’s Days.  I had looked into the gaping jaws of defeat and spit.

Defeat spit back.  Just fourteen and a half hours from my moment of triumph, the phone rang.  It was Keri.  “I’ve done something really bad,” she said.

“What?”

“I opened something I shouldn’t have.”

“Opened what?”

“I’m sorry. I really am.”

I wasn’t connecting the dots. “Opened what?” I repeated.

“A letter from a bank,” she said slowly. “The one that is financing our new piano.”

My heart stopped.  The bankers.  It’s always the bankers.  In the history of the world, how many dreams had been spoiled by the bankers?  I didn’t speak.  I barely breathed.

“We’ll laugh about it someday,” she said hopefully.

“Someday?” I said hysterically.  “Ha!  I’m laughing now!” And I laughed—the demented, twisted laugh of a madman who had lied and schemed, been insulted and demeaned, only to be denied in the end.  Denied my dream of the ultimate surprise—a Mother’s Day of unequalled magnitude. Denied the dream of The Baby Grand.

Or had I?  There was still the piano–the beautiful, hand-carved, hand-polished Queen Anne baby grand.  A calm enveloped me.  The piano, the mahogany piece of heaven that would fill our home with beautiful tones of rich, familial harmony: more than just an instrument of beauty, more than a work of art, it was now a symbol that would live in our family’s history, reminding Keri, every time she saw it, of the depth of my love for her.

No, I hadn’t been denied.  At least not what really mattered.  For even Keri was surprised at the lengths I was willing to go to give her a Mother’s Day that she would never forget—a day that would celebrate the day by honoring her for all the beauty and joy and madness that she brought to my life. 

And that is something truly worth celebrating.

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Richard Paul Evans is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Christmas Box and fourteen other bestselling novels.  He is the winner of two first-place Storytelling World Awards and the Romantic Times 1995 award for best women’s novel.  His newest bestseller, just in time for Mother’s Day, is called The Walk–the story of Alan Christoffersen, a man who loses everything and begins a journey from Seattle, Washington, to Key West, Florida.

Unlike the mainstream media, we at the "Glenn Beck Radio Program" decided to actually do the research and get to the bottom of CPAC's controversial stage design, which many on the Left have suggested was purposefully shaped like an obscure Nazi symbol. We got our answers straight from the source — and it's not what the media is suggesting.

American Conservative Union chairman Matt Schlapp joined Glenn on Wednesday to share the real story of the stage design, who designed it, and why he's taking legal options against those smearing the Conservative Political Action Conference's name seriously.

Matt told Glenn he'd never heard of the alleged Nazi insignia, noting that even a staff member who "studied anti-Semitism in college" did not recognize the obscure symbol. He went on to explain how the stage designing firm, Design Foundry, and Hyatt Hotels worked collaboratively with CPAC event organizers for months throughout the designing and construction of the stage. However, when pressured by the cancel culture mob on social media, both companies "ran for the tall grass."

"Both the Hyatt and [Design Foundry] looked to CPAC and said [they] had nothing to do with this stage. That's outrageous," Matt stated. "This whole process takes months ... everybody saw this. Everybody had to figure out how to construct this. Everybody had eyes on it from every angle. And nobody in that process ever raised their hand and said, 'Oh, you know, I took a European history class, and I noticed [that the stage design looked like a Nazi symbol.] Nobody."

Matt went on to add that, while CPAC expects attacks from the Left, they also have every intention of standing up for themselves, the conservative community, the Jewish community, and all the people who love America.

"We're fine with taking the hits. We always take the hits, it's part of being a prominent conservative group. We'll take the hits, but we won't let people lie," Matt said.

"I can't tell you how many people have called me during the course of this most tumultuous of years and said, at what point does the conservative community, do the 74 million Americans who voted for Donald Trump, do the people who love America, and think it's okay to read Dr. Seuss, and love Thomas Jefferson and Mount Rushmore, at what point do they start pushing back on the cancel culture? At what point do they say, this is a line you can't cross? I think we're at that line," he added.

"We called our conference, 'America Uncanceled.' The whole thing became about them canceling us. At what point do we not have the right to say,' you can't treat us this way'? You're disparaging us. You're destroying our reputation. You're destroying our ability to be respected members of our community. So, I'm taking your challenge of pursuing our legal options very seriously. And I think we have to go broader. We can't let these companies just follow the woke mob. We can't do it."

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CNN reporter Jim Acosta was confronted at CPAC by The Federalist reporter David Marcus with a valid question: "When are you guys going to start covering Cuomo?" His answer — or, really, lack of an answer — perfectly demonstrates why he was earlier surrounded by CPAC attendees chanting, "CNN sucks!"

On the "Glenn Beck Radio Program" Tuesday, Glenn and producer Stu Burguiere react to a video clip of the exchange with Acosta, as well as the mainstream media's double standards when it comes to Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

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Glenn Beck can't help but wonder, "What is wrong with us?" in light of the Left's latest move — canceling six Dr. Seuss books due to "hurtful and wrong" illustrations — that takes America one step closer to complete insanity. And now, school districts are jumping on board after President Joe Biden seems to have dropped Dr. Seuss from the White House's annual "Read Across America Day" proclamation.

On the radio program Tuesday, Glenn argued that deleting books is the perfect example of fascism, and asked when we as a country will finally realize it.

"They are banning Dr. Seuss books. How much more do you need to see before all of America wakes up? ... This is fascism!" Glenn said. "We don't destroy books. What is wrong with us, America?"

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Former Democratic presidential candidate and Hawaii representative Tulsi Gabbard and Glenn Beck don't agree much on policy, but they're in lockstep on principles.

On "The Glenn Beck Podcast" this week, Tulsi spoke with Glenn about one of her last acts in Congress, introducing the "Protect Women's Sports Act," which she says would "strengthen, clarify, and uphold the intent of Title IX to provide a level playing field for girls and women in sports." But since then, the Biden administration has gone in the opposite direction, and has supported allowing biological men to compete in women's sports.

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