About the first week in January, Prima Donna came home all excited from school. Her band teacher had announced that the Jordan Youth Symphony was looking for more clarinet players and she was just dying to join!
I looked at the calendar and questioned my sanity, then somewhat reluctantly, I agreed. How could I say no? I want to encourage my kids to excel in music and this was a great opportunity. Bossy had played in the Jordan Symphony Orchestra in high school, but this was a first for my kids on the Middle School level.
So the rehearsals started the following Monday. I have to run her to a different middle school several miles away by 3:30 and then pick her up again at 5:00. I guess it's not really that bad, just one more thing.
Then yesterday morning it was payoff time. They had their first concert (which I think was really a festival). The only problem was that it was at 8:00 in the morning! Prima Donna had to be at the school at 6:45 AM and we left shortly afterward to drive downtown.
No, the concert wasn't at one of the local schools. This one was at the legendary Abravanel Hall! Prima Donna was SOOO excited to be in there! It was truly the main reason she wanted to play with this orchestra in the first place. We were favored with four songs and I wasn't disappointed. Not a squeak to be heard from the clarinet section even though she agonized over that possibility for days.
As we walked back across the busy morning streets of downtown Salt Lake City, I pondered the decision to sign her up in the first place.
It was a good one.