Road Report: Wall Lake, IA

house in Wall Lake, Iowa

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This is the little house in Wall Lake, Iowa where my wife the classical pianist lived until she was three years old. We visited it on the way to Dubuque. Next door on the right is the house where an older woman lived whom she used to visit as a child. According to her, she’d just knock and walk right in. The woman owned a baby grand piano, which fascinated the little girl. One day she walked in, went over to the piano, and started playing the same note over and over. The woman was lying in bed and asked her please to stop because she wasn’t feeling well. The child was disappointed because she’d been imitating the ringing of a church bell and felt so proud: bong, bong, bong, etc. This was also the first time she’d ever touched a piano…

We stood on the sidewalk together looking at the house. As she told me the story, she shook and cried.

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  • Fw May 16, 2013, 10:56 PM

    Thank You John for that lovely story..!!

    • JHF May 17, 2013, 10:47 PM

      Majorly most welcome, Fw. Or as the kidz say now, “No problem.”



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