Last week, Mason (age 12) and I started taking guitar lessons together. While I had my own guitar already, we waited to buy one for Mason until after the first lesson so the instructor could suggest an appropriate one for him. A 3/4 size was recommended so we left there, and drove to the music store. Within five minutes, Mason had joyfully picked out a guitar and a bag, and we also got extra strings, two tuners (I already broke mine), and picks.
On Wednesday, I was babysitting our grandson Jack again while his mom and dad were at Lamaze class. While he was sitting at the table eating macaroni and cheese and green beans, I pulled out my guitar to practice. I played when I was a teenager but I have forgotten all of it over the years (it’s not like riding a bike!). So, I was back at
square one, playing boring scales (complete with plenty of finger placement errors and tangy twangs on my part). Jack didn’t seem too interested in the guitar itself while he was busy devouring his mac and cheese. So, I hiked it up on my leg, positioned my fingers, and started playing those boring, monotonous scales.
Then, I saw something out of the corner of my eye. Jack had his hands above his head, and was dancing in his seat! DANCING!! What a sweet baby boy! I love that kid more than words can describe! 🙂
Then, he leaned forward, and strummed it a couple of times, smiling really big. After we had a good giggle together, I grabbed a napkin, and wiped several mac and cheese chunks off the strings… 😉
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