It could be worse, I suppose.
Connor could be learning the drums. I can’t imagine a louder instrument. But the trombone makes quite a ruckus – especially when it’s being played by someone who is clueless.
I’m not criticizing Connor. I’m glad he’s learning about music, but I hope he gets much better very soon. The blaring, out-of-tune sound coming from his instrument is scaring the dogs and damaging my hearing.
It’s too early to tell if Connor, who is 11, has any talent for the trombone. He just got the instrument two weeks ago for a mandatory music class at school. All the students were assigned instruments, and he got the trombone.
It’s a cool-looking instrument – shiny brass with the sliding piece that looks like a giant paperclip. I can offer Connor plenty of encouragement but absolutely no instruction.
If there’s a less musically inclined person than me, I’ve never met him. It would be impossible for Connor to have any less musical talent than me.
My mother, by comparison, had enough talent for several people. When I was growing up, she taught piano out of our house on an elegant baby grand.
I took only one lesson, as I remember, before I quit in frustration. My mother offered no resistance, so she must have recognized her efforts were futile.
How can anyone read music? Do those lines and ovals on a piece of paper really mean anything – or is it all a conspiracy?
Connor is excited about the trombone – for now, anyway. But you know about kids. Today, they’re interested in one thing, tomorrow another.
If I had to guess, I’d say Connor will have at least marginal music talent. He’s an excellent artist, and it seems like knack for art and music might go together.
For now, I’m just standing back and watching his interests and aptitudes develop. Isn’t that a cool thing? You love your kids and want the very best for them – but really have no idea how they’ll turn out.
Parenting can be exasperating, but it can be exciting and full of surprises. Most of the time, they’re good surprises.
Encourage your children to try a wide range of activities. They may excel in something you’d never imagined. As much as possible, let them find their own way, even at an early age.