Posted by peskypippi | Posted in Communication, Love, Marriage | Posted on 02-10-2012
Tags: birthday, children, guitar, happy birthday, husband, Kindergarten, love, Maria, music, present, supportive, talent, The Sound of Music
It was a decade ago when my husband gifted me a guitar for my birthday. It was the sweetest birthday present ever. Sweet because he was supportive of my “musical dream.”
You see, I kinda wanted to be like Maria from The Sound of Music.
Dorky, right? Are you kidding? Maria was freaking awesome.
I wanted to learn to play Do Re Mi Fa and Old MacDonald Had a Farm for my young son. I was eager to strum along in his Kindergarten class down the line, to entertain the children with my forthcoming talents.
A glistening, wooden acoustic guitar smiled at me, beckoning. With new red picks, a tuner, a guitar case, and everything!
I tried to pluck. I tried to strum. I watched the DVD Playing Guitar for Dummies.
But I couldn’t do it.
I tried. For days. Weeks.
I just couldn’t get the hang of it.
Then, I got pregnant with my daughter. And I got busy with other things. Years passed. My guitar sat lonely in the corner of our living room, gathering dust.
Years later, people would visit and see the guitar and ask, “Cool. Do you play?” “Yeah, I play,” I would lie. Because saying “No, I never learned,” sounded so lame.
I later tried playing from time to time, but I didn’t have the patience (or the skill). I tried Guitar Hero. And I sucked at that too. Red. Green. Blue. Green. Red. Red. Yikes!
Now my daughter is nine and is learning to play the “fancy guitar in the corner of the living room.” We dusted it off. Bought her some new strings and neon picks. She has the patience. And she seems to have some talent.
I smile at her enthusiasm as she strums. And I smile that it was my husband who bought me the guitar in the first place.
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