Max was a large teddy bear. He always felt a bit self-conscious about his great size. Many of the other teddy bears who lived in the giant backyard dollhouse called “Much Ado About Nothing” were far smaller than Max. But, Max soon learned that due to his size there were things he could do that the smaller teddy bears could not.
Max could sit at the computer desk and use the computer! The smaller teddy bears certainly couldn’t do that. They couldn’t reach the keyboard. Max’s large arms put him at just the right distance from the computer keys. While Max enjoyed being able to use the computer, he still often felt that something was missing from his life.
One afternoon, Max consulted with two of the smaller teddy bears about how he was feeling about his computer time, and what might be missing from his life. The two smaller teddy bears Max sat on the couch with that day were music bears. Mozart Bear and Strauss Bear both listened politely to Max as he talked about his time at the computer desk, and how he wished to do something more.
“Have you ever considered music?” Mozart Bear asked Max.
“I listen to music on the computer.” Max told him.
“No, no,” Strauss Bear scolded gently. “He means making music!”
“Yes! Have you ever considered making music?” Asked Mozart Bear.
Max felt confused. What were they talking about? “You think I should make music on the computer?” Max asked, doubtfully.
“Not on the computer, on the piano!” Mozart Bear said, grandly.
“Come with us.” Strauss Bear instructed to Max, so he followed the two smaller bears.
Mozart Bear and Strauss Bear climbed up onto the back of the piano, settling themselves in comfortably next to the busts of the great composers, Mozart and Beethoven. Max sat at the piano keyboard, feeling very unsure of himself.
“Now, play.” Mozart Bear commanded. Max stared up at him.
“I don’t know how to play the piano.”
“Are you sure?” Asked Strauss Bear.
“Humans have to take lessons to learn to play piano.” Max told them.
“And, are you a human being?” Mozart asked Max.
“Well, no. I’m a teddy bear.” Max said with a sigh.
“Exactly!” Strauss Bear said. “Just play the keys as if you are typing a letter at the computer. I think you’ll find the results surprisingly pleasant.”
Max stared at Strauss Bear. Could it be that simple? Could teddy bears really play piano without needing lessons?
Max followed the instructions given to him by the two smaller music bears. To his surprise and delight, Max began making music! Max enjoyed playing the piano. He played and played, while Mozart Bear and Strauss Bear looked on, appreciatively listening to the music he made.
After that day Max did not resume his post at the computer keyboard. He stayed at the piano, playing his heart out. Max figured it was alright to not go back to the computer. Max had found what he enjoyed best.
Mozart Bear told Max one day later that perhaps another giant teddy bear would come along eventually who would best love spending time on the computer. So, Max didn’t worry about that any more. He just carried on enjoying making music at the piano. Max had found his passion at last!