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Friday, April 16, 2010

Flashback Friday #6

Flashback Friday Prompt #6

If you have a child in your life, your calendar for April and May is probably quickly filling up with end-of-year activities - performances, recitals, etc. Did you take lessons as a child? Piano or another instrument? Gymnastics or dance? Other types of lessons? Were they weekly? How much were you required to practice between lessons? Did you participate in recitals? If so, do any of them stand out in your memory? Did they foster a love or a hate for that activity? Did you want to take lessons in a certain thing that you never got to? And if you have kids now, how did your experiences with taking lessons like these impact the activities you had/have them do?
I wanted to do so many things when I was a child.  I wanted to take piano lessons, gymnastics, ice skating.  I also wanted to play soccer when I was a child.  Alas, we didn't have much money growing up, so I was unable to do those things.  I did play the Cornet in junior high though.  I loved it, and I was good at it.  I started out my 6th grade year in beginner band.  Then instead of going to concert band in the 7th grade, I got promoted directly to symphonic band.  My favorite concert was when we were going to play Wind Beneath My Wings.  I knew that was one of my mom's favorite songs and I couldn't wait for her to hear it.

I really wished I would have stayed in band past junior high.  But I was convinced that was not the cool thing to do, so I let my emotions get in the way.  My husband played the tuba all through college, and seeing now all the cool places he got to go makes me wish I had stuck with it.  Let that be a lesson to all of you young people out there!

As far as how it affects my son, I will do whatever I can to make sure he can participate in whatever activity he wants.  If I have to go without something, I will make sure that money is not the issue in deciding whether or not he can participate.

So, what's your story?  Go on over to Mocha With Linda to link up and share!


Barbara H. said...

I wanted lessons that we couldn't afford as well. My kids had lessons that they didn't want..go figure. :-) I'm glad you had the chance to learn the cornet and enjoyed playing it.

Mocha with Linda said...

Fun memories. Peer pressure is a powerful thing in those junior high/high school years. I am so glad my girl decided she loved orchestra and stuck with it even when her two best friends quit.

Thanks for participating!

Robin @ Be Still and Know said...

Money was tight fir us growing up but my mom did manage to fit in a few lessons.

Both my children play and instrument and my daughter is planning to continue on with the violin in high school!

Wonderful flashback!

Nel said...

Enjoyed your flashback. And glad you had the chance to learn the cornet. But boy, isn't peer pressure rough, and just think now it is worse than ever. Bless are kids! Thanks for sharing

until next time... nel

bp said...

Great memories. Thanks for sharing them and the lessons you learned along the way.