Mama Diaries

Monday, February 9, 2015

Lost Youth

First of all, thank you to everyone who stopped by and left comments for Virginia Wright in the last post.  You made her feel very welcome.  You guys are awesome!  The winner of the autographed copy of Virginia's book, Wild Animal Sounds, is Loni Townsend. Congratulations, Loni!

Second, I had one more question from the Outstanding Blogger post.  I'll answer it now.  The question was:  What is your favorite piece to play?   Another tough one.  Since we were talking about piano repertoire, I'm going to select a piano piece.  (If I had to choose a violin piece or viola piece, I don't think I'd ever be able to do it!)  I really enjoy playing the Chopin Valse brillant in Ab Major.  It has both virtuoso passages and lyrical passages, which I think is a great combination.

Here's Lang Lang playing it:



And now for the story:

I took my ten-year-old son to the park yesterday.  He had a special request to visit the playground.  He went on the swing set and the spinning thing that makes you want to vomit. He went down the sliding board, and dug up some dirt with the digger toy.  He even made a few friends with some of the kids.

When he was done, he came up to me and said, "Mama, I miss being younger."

"What do you mean, Bubba?  You're still pretty young."

"All these kids are five or six years old.  They don't have a care in the world.  Now I'm old. I have so much to think about."

"Like what, Bubba? Video games?"

He gave me a funny look.  "No, Mama.  Homework and chores."

Right.  All those big kid things.  

I nodded.  "Well, Bubba.  You'd better enjoy being ten, because pretty soon you'll be forty, with a lot more to worry about than homework and chores!"

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  1. Oh, kid, the worries are coming!
    Cool that Loni won.

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  2. I'm sorry I missed Virginia Wright post! Congrats to Loni!

    Yup, when you get into the homework and chores phase of your childhood, you want to be back in Kindergarten again. Wait until he gets into his twenties. He'll wish he was ten and only had to deal with homework and chores. ;)

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  3. Ahh how life starts to drag one down. Wait until bills, they will cause no thrills

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  4. What a gorgeous piece! Love to hear you playing it someday!

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    1. It's an awesome piece. Maybe someday you will hear me play it. ;0)

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  5. Oh dear. Wait until he gets older.

    He's a wise boy.

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  6. Very profound. If only I could get my kids to think about homework and chores!

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    1. Haha! My son has been thinking about those things a lot, lately. :0)

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  7. Oh how I miss the days in which my only worries were homework and chores LOL

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    1. I know. Little does he know what's coming!

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  8. Hahahaha! I always tell the teens that sit in my chair that being an adult is overrated.

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  9. 10yrs - 40yrs does go by pretty quick!.
    that's seems like a complicated piece of music to play.. nice though I enjoyed

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    1. It does go quickly. Yes, the Chopin has some tricky spots. But it's a great piece!

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  10. Ten years old, worried ? How adorable.

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    1. I wonder what he'll be like in a few years.

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  11. Urgh, it's like he tore a page out of my autobiography :P

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    1. Haha! I bet you had a blast being a little kid!

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    2. Well no, because I didn't appreciate it like I should have!

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  12. I understand what he means though. Little kids just play, that's all. Bigger kids can still play but they start seeing that one day, they will be adults and won't get to anymore. At least, that's what I was like.

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    1. You're right. It's so sad to lose that happy go lucky attitude.

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  13. Great line, Bubba! I do believe that boy will be President or at least a comedian. As for my favorite piece to play... let me go look in my collection of CDs as that's the only thing I can play

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    1. Haha! I'm sure you'll find something good in your collection.

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  14. That made me smile. Your son will be a "great thinker" when he grows up.

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  15. I'm with Bubba, this adult thing is way overrated. In fact, I think I'd like to retreat back to the time of naps...

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  16. Oh no. Don't tell him how much worry is to come. Bubba sounds like such an adorable kid.

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  17. Oh, Bubba. I wish I only had homework and chores to worry about, haha.

    And what a lovely song! No wonder you enjoy playing it...

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    1. It's a lot of fun to play. You can tell Lang Lang enjoys it, too.

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  18. ha. we grow older way too fast...
    and the homework never stops...so def enjoy ten
    little one...

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    1. My daughter certainly has her share of homework!

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  19. Woot! My children are going to love that book. :)

    Haha, yes, ten years old is soooo old.

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    1. It's ancient! I let Virginia know. You should receive the book in March.

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  20. Yep, homework and chores look good to me at this point.

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    1. I'd be happy with homework and chores. Oh, wait. I still do chores. :0)

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  21. Isn't it amazing how much we think we have to worry about when we are kids, when really homework and some chores seem like a dream as an adult. I guess it is all perspective! :)

    Thanks for sharing your favorite piano piece with us.
    ~Jess

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  22. Enjoyed listening the musical show, thanks for sharing.

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    1. Lang Lang is a really talented pianist. I enjoy listening to him play this, too.

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  23. Awww your kid sounds too cute - sweetheart!!! It's incredible that he notices the difference between the kids slightly younger than him to where he is now with homework and chores! Growing up sucks!!! ;)

    www.bohemianmuses.blogspot.com

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  24. Congrats to Loni!
    That piece is beautiful... Chopin has lovely piano pieces.
    Bubba is wise beyond his years...

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  25. LOL. Life does get harder and harder.

    I love piano music. I wish I could play.

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    1. You should take lessons. It's never to late to learn.

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  26. It's all relative, isn't it? This age and responsibility thing. Thanks for the musical morning. I love Chopin.

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  27. LOL! My 14 year old was lamenting the other day how he couldn't really get into MG books anymore because they were written for a younger mentality. I scratched my head and thought, "Well I still like MG books."

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    1. Haha! Hey, I still like picture books. What does that make me? ;0)

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  28. Your son's comment made me smile.

    Maybe he'll be a writer too, nothing like burrowing into another world to forget the worries of your own. :)

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  29. I listen to my teenager grandkids and I think how easy they really have it compared to what's coming in life. Then I remember being a teenager. You know, each age carries it's own brand of stress.

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    1. You're right. I really wouldn't want to go back to the middle school years. Those were the worst!

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  30. I like Bubba, more and more! He's already started thinking!

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  31. That's right, Bubba! He's a smart little guy. :)

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  32. I know how your son feels. And I knew how he felt when I was 10 too. I'm an oldest child, which wasn't ever the easiest thing.

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    1. I always felt like I had to be more responsible, too. It's the oldest child syndrome.

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  33. I've got this theory that people who can play the violin, viola, and the piano just have to be very very smart. What is your view on this theory of mine? I'm not kidding by the way.

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    1. I think that theory is correct. Learning music, makes smart people even smarter, because it develops so much of the brain. So the next question is, am I smart? Last time I was tested, my IQ was over 140, so I guess that makes me smart. ;0)

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  34. I hope Bubba reevaluates being ten. Chores and homework aren't so bad. The music was beautiful. It takes a great deal of talent to play like that.

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    1. Lang Lang plays the Chopin beautifully, and with such joy!

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