Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Is it Okay to not be “Good” when you are still learning?

I flashed back to when I was 9 and sitting in a beginning orchestra for our first concert. My parents sat proudly as they listened to “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” played as well as beginners could play it so that it was almost recognizable. My father said, “WOW! Honey! That was AMAZING! I’ve never heard anything quite like that!”…Thanks Daddy!…I don’t recall what my mother said though I’m quite certain it would’ve been something along the lines of “it was very close! There were only a couple notes that were a little untrue.”…Of course that was the difference between my mother and father. Dad lied!…It worked for me though. He never insighted me to throw my 4-track on the floor and quit music on a weekly basis as a teenager like Mom did. It was probably a good balance though. She just wanted us to be the best we could be and he thought we already were!

So what changes in adults who becomes parents? Do they stop hearing bad notes in concerts or crappy playing in sports?…I hope so! Because if I was sitting at my child’s beginning band concert today, I would stand up and yell, “Wow! That really sucked!”…Thank God I’m not a parent yet! I’m working on losing my hearing by turning up my ipod too loud first!