Friday

Learn to whistle



Whistling Calms the Savage Beast

Every since I can remember I have been a whistling person. It’s a calming effect for me. If I’m going to do a speech or something else that’s a new experience I catch myself whistling and I do it without thinking about it. And I’m good at it. I remember one time when I was visiting a friend in Boca Raton Florida. One day while she was tending to a small outside business, I decided to walk to a local outside bar and enjoy a glass of beer. While there I started whistling. Next to my table an elderly gentlemen was sitting and commented how good I sounded I blushed a little not thinking anyone was listening. He asked if he could join me, I gestured to a seat across from me. He had trouble getting up so I offered to join him and I did. We talked for an hour or two and it didn’t seem that long.

A Fellow Whistler

While we were talking a big black limo drove up and the driver stepped out and walked over to the person I was talking to. The man said something to the driver and then turned and told me thank you for listening and sharing your thoughts with me. I said the pleasure was mine. He gave me a card and said please call me if you like and we can enjoy a beer again. I said Ill try to make it happen.

Whistling helped him remember his Wife

Days later I found myself thinking about the man and decided to give him a call. He came to the phone and agreed to join me for a drink. While we were enjoying the nice day and gentle breeze he asked me to whistle a tune for him. I told him I wasn’t really into whistling to others ears and kept my habit pretty much to myself. He said please you make me remember my wife who used to whistle to me while I was sitting next to her hospital bed. He said she to had the habit of whistling when she was alone. He said three months ago while sitting by her bed she stopped whistling and I looked down and she had closed her eyes passed away without saying a word. He said they we married for over eighty-five years and they never spent a night away from each other. He said thank you helping me remember the sounds of her whistling.

In time his car returned and before he left he asked if he could have my phone number. I obliged and we parted company.

A Message from a Grateful Person

Months later after returning to My Michigan home I received a phone call from a lawyer who had a message for me from the Gentlemen who I enjoyed a few beers with. The lawyer informed me the man had passed away and left a message for me in his will. Call Don and tell him thank you for helping me remember the sound of a person whistling. And that was the message, I guess we made some kind of connection that helped him help himself. It’s amazing what a practice of whistling will do for the human soul. That’s how I feel and I’m sticking to it.

Don L. Terrill
The Marriage Guru

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