Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Thinking of You, Vera

During the 2005-2006 school year, Bean was enrolled in a marvelous preschool that taught voice and violin. He loved it and so did I. I've always wanted music to be a huge part of our home so the more musical training my kids have the better. Sometime during that year I picked up two tiny inexpensive violins-- a 1/8 size and a 1/4 size (they're so cute!) The intent was to have the boys continue lessons at home with me. The kids really really enjoy them and we've had a lot of fun with them.

Now, I do not play the violin. But I've always felt like I should be able to play the violin. Do you have things like that too-- things that you just feel like you should be able to do even though you've hardly ever touched them in your life? Me and the violin have a destiny. And a friend of mine who plays told me that it shouldn't be very hard for me to pick up the violin since I already play the piano. Another friend told me that you could buy a decent quality Chinese-made violin on ebay for $80-90 that would be just dandy for a beginner. I almost bought one back then but for some reason I didn't and then the whole thing slid of out my range of priorities for awhile.

Well, I got thinking about it again the other day and so I checked on ebay to see if the violins my friend had recommended were still there. They were selling them for $95 with "Buy It Now" but they also had several being auctioned every day. I decided to just bid low and see what happened. I didn't win the first several, but I wasn't serious about buying one right now so that was fine. But then I somehow won one for only $38. Oops! Yessssss!

I spent yesterday afternoon scraping and sawing and squeaking and enjoying myself tremendously. Between me and Fish we sound like a bunch of alley cats. Good times! (Sorry, Badger dear! Hope your ears recover soon!)

It makes me think of Dr. Seuss's ABC Book, which I'm sure all of you moms out there can recite along with me:

"Big V, Little V, Vera Violet Vinn
is Very Very Very awful on her Violin."

But I'm going to get oh, so much better. Oh yes. This was meant to be.

P.S. I bought the violin with the dark wood finish. Isn't it so, so pretty? I love it.

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Emily said...

Birrd, I admire you greatly!!!! I am very happy that you now have a violin (Ethan used to call it a "Vile Vinn"). I have to laugh about you and Fish playing together and I admire your Badger for his patience! :)

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Annalea said...

I love it! Love the story, love your sense of violin destiny. (I totally know what you're talking about.)

And you have wonderful violin posture. Simply beautiful!

Alexandra said...

Way to go! I want to learn the guitar, but only bc it seems easier than the violin and I want to have some musical ability!