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Jay Lake
Date: 2009-04-02 20:10
Subject: [child] Back from the concert
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the_child was part of the middle grades spring concert tonight. She and her classmates in the fifth grade performed two string pieces (the_child plays cello), then came back later as a choir for three vocal pieces. This class is both energetic and good. Fourth and sixth grades also performed, then after a quartet of three high school students and one of the music teachers. The lead violinist is a kid I expect to see at Carnegie Hall in a few more years. Not good, not even gifted. Brilliant.

It was funny looking at the fifth and sixth graders, in that I can see the social types emerging. Geeks and jocks and stoners and beauty queens all nascent in those lengthening faces and self-conscious eyes. The only one I can't see is my own child, because my filters for her are too strong.

Afterwards, in the car on the way home, she had questions about dating rules, followed by a detailed disquisition on the dynamics of the fifth grade girls' friendships and rivalries. I did a good job of neither laughing nor being visibly appalled at turns.

Love that kid.

Originally published at jlake.com.

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Peter Hollo
User: frogworth
Date: 2009-04-03 06:03 (UTC)
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Yay cellists! :)
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2009-04-03 12:53 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I'm afraid she loves the piano more...
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Peter Hollo
User: frogworth
Date: 2009-04-03 13:08 (UTC)
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Hey, I play the piano too, I can dig that :)
In fact, all the way through school I preferred the piano to the cello. But the ensemble opportunities for cello are just so great - regardless of the silly ol' playing-in-rock-bands thing; string quartets, orchestral playing etc, all much easier with a cello. She should stick with both!
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User: tillyjane
Date: 2009-04-03 14:07 (UTC)
Subject: cello in ensemble
there was a good and popular bluegrass band in Austin years ago that featured a cello. The cellist also played fiddle, holding it cello style. Did a fine orange blossom special...Our choir hires a cellist occasionally to accompany the anthem. A cellist friend played at Jays party to celebrate his publication Green Grow the Rushes O. Definitely, lets hear it for cello. But oh, how I love the piano. Two good choices for sure. Im so glad the grandchild is taking her music seriously and enjoying it.
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Kate Mulligan Wolfe
User: corasmama
Date: 2009-04-03 13:33 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
How funny. I, too, have a daughter in the 5th grade who plays the cello!

I know exactly what you mean about the social types starting to show through at this age. My filters must be also too strong though, because I see multiple types in her (cheerleader-type, music/math/science geek, sci-fi geek - though I don't know where that last one comes from!)
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torreybird
User: torreybird
Date: 2009-04-03 15:53 (UTC)
Subject: Re: Dating rules.
My soon-to-be husband and I live with his 16yo daughter, which is every kind of blessing.

I want to share with you, dad to a pre-teen: in the next few years, she'll suddenly get amazingly pretty. A perfectly normal reaction for dads of these daughters is to get unreasonably protective & disgruntled.

My sweetie threatened for years that when she turned 15 he'd buy an axe. He had been joking... and then it happened. He has a hand-made viking bearded axe hanging in his office.

In a deadpan conversation with an 18 year old boy who came over for dinner:
Boy: (disparages the axe, taunting the father)
Dad: "Well, now I have an elephant gun."
Boy: "So you'd shoot someone?"
Dad: "Oh no - it's really an elephant gun. You don't shoot people with that."
Boy: (looks confused)
Dad: "No, the elephant gun is for the car - two shots through the engine block. Then I can use the axe."
Boy: (eyes wide) "You've thought this out."
Dad: (nods.)

The Kid protested, at first. Now, however, she points out to her suitors that they have to be tough enough to get past her Dad. :-D
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