Thursday, October 2, 2008

Remember that One Time at Band Camp?

Picture the first day of band/orchestra for the year. 40 eager students each about to make a decision that puts them on the path to greatness, musical genius, or possibly the path to nerd-dom, marching band and band camp.

Teacher (aka, adult who missed the first path and landed smack in the middle of the second): "Today we will choose instruments."

5th Graders: "Yea! We're so cool! We're in the 5th grade!"

Teacher: "Here are some small, inexpensive instruments that will be easy to carry to school and affordable for your parents. Plus, 90 % of you will choose these small instruments and I will never know which one of you is screwing up the songs we are playing. Here are some enormous instruments that are hard to handle, hard to play, hard to take care of, hard to transport back and forth to school, and super expensive for your parents. Only one or two of you will choose these instruments and I will always know when you are screwing up and constantly single you out in class for being off beat or playing a wrong note."

95 % of 5th Graders: "I choose small, cheap, and easy!"

Nixon and Easton (arms straining in the air, faces red from maxium exertion to be noticed by teacher): "I choose tuba/bass! There is noooo place in our tiny house for something that big. What could possibly make our 5th grade year even longer? Oh wait! This continues into the 6th grade?! When school is even further away and this will be tons harder for our parents to manage?! Sign us up!"

And that is the possible story of how we arrived here. The blog post where I can say ...

Introducing the next ...

Just like ...

Wants to play like ...

OK, I could not think of one famous tuba or bass player to finish those sentences with. I guess that means we're on the path to anonymous greatness. (I swear these pictures do not even begin to show how much bigger than my kids these things really are!)

6 comments:

Janice said...

I am laughing at this post...so funny! way to be different! They look so cute playing them though :)

Gray Family said...

It's 6:30 in the morning and my day has started out with a huge laugh! Did you expect anything different from those way too cute boys? Seriously?! Please post their first concert, I can't wait to be the one to say "I heard them the very first time they played" and then totally cash in on that!

Heidi Green said...

I love the pictures... especially the one of Nixon, it looks professionally done!

Good luck with their music genius!

Jennifer said...

Kim,
No worries - I will spare you the pain (literal pain, in your ears) of listening to a beginning band or orchestra. When the big breakthrough occurs, you can just pretend to be an orginal listener and not a bandwagon fan!

Stacey said...

You are seriously funny!
So are your boys!
You are such a good Mom!!!

Jen F. said...

Jennifer, I would read you over "seriously so blessed" anyday. I think you are a great writer and fabulous photographer. Your kids are hilarious and I love your response to it all. Just enjoy the journey, right?! The good news is that hopefully, cross your fingers now, your boys are spending at least an hour a day now doing something where they can't break any bones!