Mary Elizabeth loved music. She was happy when she heard lovely sounds. She waited to hear the birds sing outside her window in the spring. She listened for the cricket’s song when she swept the hearth in her mother’s kitchen. The horses passing her papa’s store made a «clip clop» sound. That was a song to Mary Elizabeth. These songs made her heart fill with joy.
Mary Elizabeth had only one wish. She wanted to make music on her own. She couldn’t sing very well. Her brother, Matthew, had said, «You sound like the cat when Nana stepped on its tail.» She loved music so much. Why couldn’t she make music on her own?
Mary Elizabeth knew where to go when she was sad. Her Uncle Ben Franklin could always make her smile. Best of all, Uncle Ben loved music just like Mary Elizabeth. One morning, Mary Elizabeth stood outside Uncle Ben’s workshop. She could hear him humming to himself. She knew something fun was going to happen. She opened the door and saw Uncle Ben at his work table. Oh, no! What had happened? Broken glasses were everywhere. There were big glasses, little glasses, and middle sized glasses spread out on his table. Wait a minute. Only the stems that held the glasses up were broken off. What was Uncle Ben doing? Uncle Ben saw the puzzled look on Mary Elizabeth’s face. «Come, little songbird,» he said. «I will show you how we can make beautiful music. We will use what is broken. We can turn it into something good.»