That is extremely kind of you to say Paise, and thank you, very much indeed.<quoted text>I would wish I could get it for her, but I would also know that the most important elements of the Christmas holiday for her and my family were still well within our reach. I would feel disappointment WITH her, and set about to the first step in the (if you're poor) long process of acquiring a violin. Like learning the scales, saving a little here and there.
I am sure you know well that unavoidable childhood deprivations and hardships aren't necessarily bad for children. I believe that some of what you witnessed and endured as a child became part of your character and mettle, which I esteem to be of the highest order.
But....as for the little girl, she was four when she learnt the scales, her father taught her well, in fact, she learnt on her father's precious violin, which sadly he had to part with on e-bay before they also sold the computer, food on the table being of the highest importance.
Then the depression set in, and rubbed off on the daughter.
A difficult time to learn the rudiments of saving, and waiting, when it could be a life line NOW.