Jan. 11th, 2012

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Often when the kids bring home copies of their "weekend reports" from school (usually a bit of writing with a picture) we feel great: "Look at that! Jake remembered our walk in the woods!" or "Wow! That birthday party really made an impression!"

Jake brought home a batch today, and at first our reaction was the same:

"Ohh, look! He was happy to have seen the ball drop at midnight!"

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Or, "Hey - that afternoon fuse-beads project was worth it!"

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But this one? This one has us puzzled (and cracking up)

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(Jake claims this "incident" happened at school, and the he was not the culprit. I just hope his teacher knows that!)
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You know the stereotype of the kid learning violin / clarinet who plays on with great enthusiasm, blissfully unaware that it sounds terrible; the squeaking and honking of a rookie on a new instrument.

Well? That is not our Tobias. "Mom, I can't play with a bow. I can't!"
I try to reassure him. "Toby, you're doing well, and the only way to get better is to keep practicing."
Toby: "But Mom, I can't *stand* the SOUND. It's screechy! It's awful! It's like nails on a blackboard, every single note!"

You know, being a very observant kid is sometimes not an asset.



In better news, I got his viola book in the violin version, so now we practice together (me on flute) and I don't have to translate the notes in my head. Aaah, that's better!

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