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Fifth Grade Band … It’s Going to be a LONG Year

The Little Ninja

My youngest son aka The Little Ninja just started fifth grade. In fifth grade, the kids get to be in band.

Oh joy!

He decided he wanted to play the French horn because someone came into his class and played the theme from Star Wars on one. That’s as good a reason as any, I guess.

The band teacher told him he’d have to start out on the trumpet and in January he can move on to the French horn. So we went to the local music store to pick up his instrument.

The case is almost as big as he is!

I tried to convince him to try the clarinet instead – that case is teeny – but he wouldn’t budge.

I don’t know where that kid gets his stubborn streak from…..

I don’t think there will be trumpet players waiting at the Pearly Gates, but if there are, I better get a high five as I pass through.

It’s going to be a LONG year. God help me.

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An Early Resolution

I have been thinking an awful lot about something lately. Something a very wise man said. (Okay, it was my brother-in-law,but he’s my favorite. And he is very smart!)

We were talking about family and how some people always seem to focus on the 5% rather than the 95%.

“No matter how much you do for them, they will always bring up what you didn’t do,” he said.

He is so right!

I was thinking about it because I felt that at Christmas, the kids were bound to be disappointed when they didn’t get everything they had put on their Christmas lists.

I wasn’t about to get a cotton candy machine for the Little Ninja!

And while the kids liked their gifts, I know they were still thinking about what wasn’t under the tree.

It makes me sad. Sad that people can’t be satisfied with things. That they are constantly comparing what they got/have with what others got/have.

One of my new year’s resolutions is going to be:


After all, a 95 is an “A”!!

Happy “Day after Christmas” everybody!



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