No, what Momo was better at than anyone else was listening.
Anyone can listen, you may say - what's so special about that ? - but you'd be wrong. Very few people know how to listen properly, and Momo's way of listening was quite unique.
She listened in a way that made slow-witted people have flashes of inspiration. It wasn't that she actually said anything or asked questions that put such ideas into their heads. She simply sat there and listened with the utmost attention and sympathy, fixing them with her big, dark eyes, and they suddenly became aware of ideas whose existence they had never suspected.
Momo could listen in such a way that worried and indecisive people knew their own minds from one moment to the next, or shy people felt suddenly confident and at ease, or downhearted people felt happy and hopeful. And if someone felt that his life had been an utter failure, and that he himself was only one among millions of wholly unimportant people who could be replaced as easily as broken windowpanes, he would go and pour out his heart to Momo. And, even as he spoke, he would come to realize by some mysterious means that he was absolutely wrong: that there was only one person like himself in the whole world, and that, consequently, he mattered to the world in his own particular way. Such was Momo's talent for listening.
Momo'nun hiç kimsenin yapamayacağı biçimde başardığı şey, dinlemekti.
Belki şimdi pek çok kimse, bu da bir şey mi, herkes dinlemesini bilir diyecektir.
Oysa hiç de öyle değil. Çok az kimse gerçekten iyi bir dinleyicidir. Dinlemek konusunda Momo'nun eşi örneği yoktu. Momo, karşısındakileri, aptal insanların bile aklına parlak düşünceler getirtecek şekilde dinlerdi. Bunun için uyarıcı şeyler söylemez veya bazı sorular sormazdı, aksine sessizce oturur ve anlatılanları pür dikkat, canı gönülden dinlerdi. Karşısındakine iri, simsiyah gözlerini açarak bakar ve o kimse, kendisinin bile o ana kadar fark etmediği gizli kalmış düşüncelerini rahatça açıkladığını hayretle görürdü.Şaşkın, kararsız kimseler bile ona dertlerini anlatırken, birdenbire ne yapmak istediklerini bulurlardı.
The Pyracantha berries have their fall color on, great to decorate with if you can work around the many thorns. We love when they are used in espalier, we had a checkerboard on the side of the garage in our former garden.