Lunch with Sylvia

My younger sister, Sylvia, came over for lunch last week.

I set the table with a beige damask tablecloth and matching napkins. Those are pink carnations from Colombia:

I stir fried shrimp with zucchini and onions in 1/3 cup oil, 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt, 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, 1/2 teaspoon cumin powder, 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning, and 1/2 teaspoon chili-garlic sauce.

There were other items on the buffet, such as brown rice, Caesar’s salad, and Hawaiian sweet rolls.

Sylvia liked the shrimp so much that she had a second serving of it. It was the cumin powder that really made it taste good. Cumin has a unique flavor and aroma:

David and Sylvia:

Sylvia and me:

After we ate our dessert, comprised of mango sorbet, we retired to the living room where I showed Sylvia my violin. She picked it up and played a scale, sounding very rusty.

She wanted to buy my violin from me, but I told her to buy one at CK Violins on Ala Wai Boulevard. She did so, and returned to show it to me.

This is my violin. Sylvia’s violin is not as dark as mine in terms of timbre and color. She said she likes mine better:

Since this luncheon, I have given Sylvia four violin lessons. They are free; I don’t charge her for them. She is studying Suzuki Book One, and has already mastered “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star.” I am teaching her how to control her bow and how to read musical notation. She is a quick learner.

She was once the concert mistress of the Roosevelt High School Orchestra back in the 1960s, so she definitely has musical talent. But, it has been 55 years since she last played the violin, so keep that in mind.

I’ll teach her what I know, but if she wants more advanced training, she will have to find herself a better teacher.

18 Responses to “Lunch with Sylvia”

  1. DavidH Says:

    That was a very pleasant afternoon. Fine lunch and your desire to help your younger sister with her ambitions. You are certainly a kind and generous person.

  2. Valerie-Jael Says:

    Sounds like a delicious lunch, glad you are helping your sister with the violin, oi will soon be able to play together. Valerie

  3. AC Says:

    My violin languishes in the basement. If you don’t know, I picked it up in my late 50s and early 60s. Arthritic fingers and back prevented me form keeping it up, but I had a good try for about 5 years.

  4. Christine Says:

    A lovely lunch, beautiful carnations.

  5. Douglas Morris Says:

    A lovely table, lovely meal & lovely sister. That dish did sound good, I need more cumin in my life. :^) Gigi, your violin is a very handsome one, and that was nice, giving your sister some lessons. How much is something like your own violin worth?

  6. tomthebackroadstraveller Says:

    …it’s nice to be with a friend.

  7. Iris Empereur Says:

    My Father´s Father had such a violin. No idea where it is now.
    Reckon you´re a great teacher 🙂
    And cook. And the table looks great, too. Sweet pics of you.

  8. Arkansas Patti Says:

    What a lovely meal as always at your house. How neat that you and your sister now have the violin to share , Maybe a duet soon?

  9. DeniseinVA Says:

    How wonderful that you are giving your sister violin lessons. Your meal looked wonderful, and I always enjoy your place settings, flowers and pretty artwork.

  10. Elephant's Child Says:

    How lovely to have lunch together – and that you share your interest in and talent with music with your sister.
    Cumin is one of my favourite spices.

  11. honoluluaunty91 Says:

    What a nice relationship to have.

  12. Hank Chapin Says:

    “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” is by Mozart, isn’t it?

  13. Nancy Chan Says:

    Pretty table cloth and lovely carnation. You are a good teacher and your sister is a fast learner.

  14. Olga Says:

    You are doing a good thing teaching your sister to play the violin. We all need a little music in our lives.

  15. Wisewebwoman Says:

    I love your prep and your tables, Gigi, always a joy to see and how very generous of you to teach your sister what you have learned.

    XO
    WWW

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