Tuesday, September 25, 2007

If Playing the Euphonium is Wrong I Don't Want to be Right

My son, Sam, got to choose an elective class this year. There were a lot to choose from. He narrowed it down to his top three choices. We are at a new school this year so I have been thinking about my kids adjusting and fitting in but talking to them about it like, of course, it's not even an issue in my Marge Simpson voice, "I don't care, and that's what makes me cool. . right?"

Sam wanted Art or Band or Orchestra--all reasonable choices. Except, of course, I know that art is for loners, band is for geeks, and orchestra is for nerds. The other choices were drama (!), ballroom dance (!!), and yearbook (only for 6th graders, alas) so you really have to pick your poison. I can't help thinking like this. I have my son's best interest at heart and besides, I'm a product of the Real World which taught me to reduce everyone to a recognizable stereotype.

Apparently, the really hot class this year for girls and boys is Ballroom Dance. Sam told me it was like everyone's first choice. I couldn't believe it. Don't worry, I mothered with poise. I told Sam that Ballroom Dance was the lamest thing ever when I was younger. So you can't go by what's cool. You have to choose what you really like and either 1)not care that it's cool/uncool 2)cross your fingers and hope that in 20 years a show like So You Think You Can Dance will change the world. Sam got his second choice, band. I was happy about this because the band guys always turn out pretty good. I'm thinking of Nate Hoffeins, who I don't know but whose mother chatted with me at Duane Call's wedding when my date (Doug Schofield) totally blew me off.

So anyway, I told Sam he could play anything he wanted! "Just make sure it's not too big because you have to carry it back and forth to school."
I can't wait for him to start a ska band; he's really good.

16 comments:

  1. From my perspective, all of these things are snobbish and upity because the kids get to CHOOSE band, dance, or drama. At our school, our kids get to choose math, reading, or writing. That's a tough choice.

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  2. Sam's got the right idea--he'll be first chair in no time! (Is it alright to admit that although I consider myself quite musically sophisticated, I had no idea what a euphonium was?)

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  3. I like your kitchen.

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  4. Emily, that same kitchen could be yours. . .

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  5. No one knows what a euphonium is. That is why Sam is the only one in the band who plays it/has played it in the last two years.

    PS I really think Holden will thrive in his inner city school. Don't sweat it, Carly. And in a few years you can teach Engl 115 with the personal narrative one of Holden's teachers writes.

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  6. That's terribly cute.

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  7. Sam reeks of cool already... I love his choice.

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  8. I am the black sheep in a long line of geek-nerds. I never did music with an instrument, only chorus. But I did do cool art.

    Nice choice of instruments...euphonium. I always thought that was a French Horn. Go figure.

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  9. May all the notes be pleasant and on key.

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  10. Sam looks so great! But how come he hasn't come over to serenade his neighbors?

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  11. Band geeks do usually turn out well. My husband was a big time bag geek (saxophone) and now he's a big shot CPA. (sarcasm)

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  12. And yes, we need more pictures of your kitchen and the REST of your house. Preferably messy, then we'll all feel better.

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  13. Nate Hoffheins is awesome! (He was in my class at school.) Nate and his band played at my friend's wedding reception 14 years ago. They were really good too. Shame that my friend's marriage didn't last.

    Sam is in my son's class. A-- thinks he's pretty cool, if that means anything. (A-- is a self-proclaimed nerd/geek.) I saw Sam sitting with Christian at the boys' maturation program on Wednesday.

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  14. It's a good thing you mothered with poise.

    Don't they have stuff like woodshop anymore?

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  15. Kacy, I don't have your email, but I have something digital for you and your Euphonium playing child.

    Drop me an email to jetset.azucar (at) gmail dot com.

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  16. Wow. I was a loner nerd. Ouch. But if Sam had to ballroom dance I would have been disappointed.

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