Tchaikovsky Discovers America
Grades 4 - 6 / Ages 9 - 11.
Later, as I walked along the promenade [at Niagara Falls], I heard a voice behind me. It was Mr. Tchaikovsky, but I could barely make out what he was saying through the crashing of the falls and the noise of the vendors trying to sell us picture postcards and other souvenirs. In my loudest voice I asked Mr. Tchaikovsky if he wanted to buy something to press in his diary to remind him of his trip. But he said that he had no need of mementos, that his words alone would form the memories that would be pressed between the covers. "When I read my diary back in Russia," he said, "I shall remember the sights and the sounds and the smells of America. But here in America, I am remembering Russia."
Today Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, my friend,
sails away from New York back to Russia.
He is the first person I have written about in my diary.
I wonder if he has put me in his.
T.S. Casaubon is a Winnipeg-based freelance writer
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