Saturday, January 16, 2010
I asked Janie to give me her best "Ten-year-old look". I think it's spot on, yes? I get lots of these looks, most of which are good-natured and in good fun....usually when mom is acting goofy and immature. There are those times when "the look" is not so good-natured, but we'll address those at perhaps another time. Anyway, Janie had a very fun "first" this week....she had her first orchestra rehearsal with Quad City Youth Prelude Strings. She's been taking violin lessons for just over a year, and this fall auditioned for the Prelude Strings ensemble. She wasn't wild about the idea, and was convinced she wasn't going to like it....at which point I told her that if I was spending $X per month on lessons only for her to play the instrument in her room with the door closed, then we needed to rethink things. So we arrived at the first rehearsal, she found her seat, they warmed up and began playing the first piece. Her first words as soon as the rehearsal was over: "Mom, thank you SO much for making me try out for this! I LOVED it!". (Yes, yes, moms do know a thing or two...) I think she thought they would all be playing in unison, and was delighted once they began the first piece to hear all of the parts coming together to create a wonderful sound! Hooray! Very fun to see a lightbulb go on in a child's mind! What a great joy it is to see your kids grow and learn and mature, even if you do get a couple of "looks" in the process! Love you, Janie!