Those music lessons really paid off!

“One of the secrets of a happy life is continuous small treats.” —Iris Murdoch, novelist

I’m getting an uplifting quote a day sent to me from Daily Lit. They’re taken from ‘O’ magazine, I think. Some of them are a bit twee but I love this one. Speaking of small treats, we had Big News yesterday.


David2 has been selected to go to America next year with the Senior Stage Band. They’re going for 12 days to San Francisco and Los Angeles, playing at places like Knotsberry Farm, Universal Studios and Disneyland. I’m so envious I could eat my socks. He’d prefer to go as their pianist but they already have one of those, so it’s his mad tenor sax playing skillz that got him the gig. (Or is it alto sax? Widget would know…clearly I have no idea. It IS a sax though, I’m 99% sure of that.) He had a pretty awful year last year and was so brave at just putting his head down and getting through it, so I’m wonderfully pleased that he got the nod for this. Ryan3 was also up for consideration, but someone else older got the place he may have had. He’s disappointed, but philosophical. He’s only in year 9, so he still has time. Personally, I’m sorry for him, but financially a little glad that I don’t have to shell out for 2 kids at the same time. I would have paid up without a second’s thought (because you never knock back travel and an experience like this), and if the situation changed and Ryan3 was suddenly offered a place I’d find the money without a blink….. but at the moment it’s good to think that with some belt tightening I can still make my goal of paying 25K off the principal of the mortgage by December 31 AND pay to send my child to the Northern Hemisphere. As you do.

Actually, I don’t know how much it’ll cost. I received an envelope with all of the documentation in it yesterday, but nowhere was a final cost mentioned; just a $400 deposit and then some mysterious things called ‘progress payments’. The school runs some fund raisers for this event, so maybe that’s why. Anyway… who cares? It costs what it costs and he’ll be having the most glorious time! (And surely within those 12 days I’ll get a child free weekend…. surely?) I’m just distraught about the fact that they don’t need an extra teacher to go along to help with the supervision…. I’ve heard about those American girls and their racy ways… my boy will need his Mummy along to protect his virtue. (Though when I said that to him he looked at me kindly and said, “Mum, why do you think guys become musicians in the first place?”)

I handed him the envelope as we were walking to the car and as he read where he was going his face lit up. He’s so excited about it, but he has to live up to the dreadlocks so he’s playing it cool.

“Oh my God! Universal Studios? Disneyland? I’ll need so much money…. I HAVE to get a job!” was his first reaction.

I think he has plans to take an empty suitcase and fill it up with souvenirs. He’s also looking forward to jamming with the other people in the band. Such a muso. I’m so very proud of that boy.


On something almost completely unrelated, though it does fit into the category of small treats, Stomper has written an excellent rundown of craft camp. In it she mentioned something I said about chickens. It made me laugh out loud. (Twice actually. I read it once, laughed, then read it again and laughed even harder the second time.) That woman notices everything….

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16 Responses to Those music lessons really paid off!

  1. andi says:

    Well done David!!
    Have a ball!!!!!

  2. Big congratulations to David2 (and you ‘cos I’m sure he couldn’t have done it without you), he’ll have a ball. Our youngest went to America and Canada with scouts or rangers or something like that, when he was 16. Emptied my bank account, nearly drowned falling out of a kayak, hair fracture to an arm and brought back a suitcase full of smelly, grotty and in one case mouldy clothes. But I would have done it again in a heartbeat for all the fun he had.

  3. Stomper Girl says:

    Fantastic news about David2. Yay for him and his mad skillz.

  4. persiflage says:

    This is the sort of news that makes one’s heart brim over with joy. Congratulation to all.
    (Do/can hearts brim over? Do I fail Frogdancer English?)

  5. Urspo says:

    That Iris – what a cut up!

  6. Scott says:

    That’s great news!

  7. mary says:

    I can’t tell you how thrilled I am for D2 about this – knowing a little of what he went through last year it is a testament to his interior fortitude!

  8. Widget says:

    Tenor is right! Just remember what answer you got when you asked a direct question……the final cost is completely unknown…….

    and a HUGE congrats!

  9. kate says:

    You know, he’s gonna need a quilted sleeping bag, and a quilted travel bag, quilted sax case cover and quilted passport holder…

  10. river says:

    Congratulations David!! You’ll have a wonderful time.
    Laughing at Kate’s comment.

  11. Sanna says:

    Wonderful news for David2!
    (and how wonderful for Frogdancer that his first reaction was ” I HAVE to get a job!”)

  12. Laura says:


    MAJOR payoff! I’m so thrilled for him!!!!

  13. maybaby says:

    What excellent news!! I’m so pleased for him and for you!

    We’re on the East Coast, all the way across the country from where he’ll be, unfortunately. Or maybe not…my daughter has, more than once, pronounced your boys “dreamy” and “sooooo cute, mom!”. She is especially fond of David2’s dreads.

    “Racy ways”. Heh.

  14. libby says:

    oh fantastic!!! I played the french horn in many bands when I was younger and got to travel all over because of it.
    Wish I could travel again…. soon! 🙂
    great incentive to save his own money 🙂 us mums will do anything for our kidlets 🙂

  15. Marylee says:

    It just goes to show how important it is to be multi-talented, huh?!

    Did you volunteer to chaperone? Ordinarily, that would be enough to curl a teenager’s hair, but in D2’s case…what more could happen?! LOL!

  16. Jo says:

    Congrats to D2… Loved his comment about the real reason boys become musicians *grin*.

    Read Stomper’s account of Crarf Camp. Wasn’t until I read the comment about maths being the devil’s work that I realised who she was talking about *hehehe*.

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