Friday, November 13, 2009

my music lesson

11-12-lesson

usually i'm the one barking the orders in the house, but today i was the student. my artsygirl came home with a note from her music teacher offering all students the opportunity to be the music leader for a day if they practiced the lesson she sent home. my daughter took this task to heart. she set up her class in our living room which once again has dirty floors, recruited my younger daughter and me to be her students, and she directed us through school chants, songs, dances and scales. when we didn't stay in our proper places, she ripped up a papertowel and marked our spots with a sharpie to keep her class in order. birdiegirl continued to be a troublesome pupil and was eventually sent to the principal's office, and i was in danger of a timeout in the red chair when i took this photo. in the end i recovered my standing, learned the chants and songs and scales, and earned a prize.

it was a change to see her take on the role of a leader and enjoy it so much. usually she's the dreamer - reading in the sink, writing stories, ringing the doorbell wearing speedo goggles and identifying herself as an orphan from minnesota in search of a new home - basically just lost in her imagination, which is her most endearing quality to me. but i think i often just see her through that lens, and it has shut my eyes to the fact that she can step away from the dreamer and do other things, too. it surprised me, in a very good way. it certainly made up for yesterday's surprise, when birdiegirl piddled a river all over herself at 7th and kentucky and i didn't have a shred of extra clothing with me. (another lesson, i guess.)

other lessons i've been digging this week: 1) cecilia's tutorial on how to make patterns, 2) jen's polaroid journal made from glassine envelopes, 3) jan's painful reflection on hauling too much crap down the stairs, and 4) jennifer's brilliant article on the struggle between art and ambition, the dilemma of putting your passions on the market, and that tiresome question of "what do you do". and of course, please visit alexandra, who chose this weekword and always has wise (and funny) lessons of her own to share.

33 comments:

Le blÖg d'Ötli said...

I like this kind of teacher ;) It's a real joy to see our children be happy to teach us new things... And it's very important to be a student... in this case (and may be during our entire life...).

jane said...

too sweet. loved the "orphan from minnesota" line... i think you have a budding writer on your hands... happy weekend aimee!

la ninja said...

loved that "goggle-wearing orphan from minnesota" bit too. priceless.
is it just at your's she rings the bell with that story or does she do the rounds in the neighbourhood? ;) and what was the principal's office? kitchen cabinet? doll house?

really lovely to read this, aimee.
I wish you a twinkle toe filled w-end with your dreamer turned leader girlie.

Annie Pazoo said...

Too sweet, and funny, too. Reminds me of my birdie-girl. Thanks for the reminder to look at her with open eyes now and again.

daisy janie said...

sounds like artsygirl is multi-faceted! would love to have her teach me a thing or two!!

KB said...

Oh, what a bunch of cuties! Sounds like a lot of fun. The music lesson, not the mommy lesson. I had one of those at the zoo with my son. We'd just gone to the restroom, sat down for lunch when he informed me he had to go. I said we just went, all the food is out, let's eat and then we'll go. Yeah, accidents in the zoo food court taught me to ALWAYS believe them no matter what. LOL

cindy said...

i'm so glad you didn't get the timeout in the red chair, which is probably on the small, hard size. wonderful to be a student of your sweet artsygirl, especially in music. i also love the orphan from minnesota line and those cute birdiegirl feet.

thanks for the wonderful links. i've read and learned from them all. love the journal. enjoy your weekend!

Leenie said...

We can't teach without learning more. That is one fantastic school assigment in so many ways.

Jill said...

Makes me miss teaching and those magic moments when a little student unexpectedly blossomed - sounds like a wonderful time to share.

vanessa/NessieNoodle said...

that is too funny. Good think you shaped up and didn't have to go into the naughty chair!
hee he.

heather smith jones said...

Hmmm perhaps she has a little teacher in her or a musician? I'm glad she didn't put you in time out. :)

Sarah said...

I loved reading about your lesson from your daughter! Especially the part obout you nearly getting time out! All the links were great too.

Bella Sinclair said...

I am TINGLING all over! An imaginative, creative soul who can lead and teach? How fantastic! I hope artsygirl never stops surprising you. She is some kind of wonderful.

Ok, she had to put down markers to keep you in your place??? How old are you? Hahahahahahaha!!!

lori vliegen said...

congrats on winning a prize for being such a good student!! isn't it wonderful when we see our kids become "people"? my kids are grown and i marvel at how much i continue to learn from them!! thanks for the links....so much fabulous stuff to explore in blogland! happy weekend sweetie pie! :))

Caroline said...

What a delightful lesson - I really enjoyed reading about your little teacher!! Sometimes its good to turn the tables to let the children take charge (but only sometimes!)

Veja cecilia said...

thank you for the link sweet Aimee! There are lot of lessons to be learned out there. My daughter showed us how a theater play is done the other night. She was really in to it and all of us had to tell her how many years we are and it we needed to go to the toilet before the whow started:)

The Original Drama Mama said...

You got one of those too? Instead of a goggle wearing Minnesotan orphan, I had a fancy hat and glasses wearing "Mrs. Dallay" show up at my house, she had a strange accent, but I couldn't place it... :)

Moments like that make up for all the piddle, no?

●• Thereza said...

ohh bless, that's so cool! i'd still adopt her, anytime! :)

Aris said...

Love this. I love watching my kids try to be in charge and they take it so seriously it is so cute but oh no you better not smile or TIME OUT! They just don't know how funny they are. You sound like you were very well behaved!
And I love your shoes!!!!

Aris said...

Love this. I love watching my kids try to be in charge and they take it so seriously it is so cute but oh no you better not smile or TIME OUT! They just don't know how funny they are. You sound like you were very well behaved!
And I love your shoes!!!!

Aris said...

i seem unable to so the simplest tasks lately like posting ONCE(:

oneartistjournal said...

That was so much fun to read Aimee...I have one dreamer like this one and have one son who is so the opposite..such a doer, organizer, leader...It's easy to get attached to our defnitions of them but so unfair...so nice to see them showing somethingelse, refreshing.
Thanks for your last comment..coming from you the one and only master doodler it meant a lot to me...encouraged by your words I 'improved' (I think) the weaker page...
Love the precious post too...you are such a good story teller...I love the idea of the Tortilla chips with toppings, 400 degrees in the oven and crossing fingers..you are also a word doodler...LOVE U. Orly

trinsch said...

sounds like quite a lesson learned! the dancing and singing as well as remember to take a fresh look at those around us once in a while. usually it brings great surprises.

nice collection of inspiring links, i'm on my way to check them out :)

Alexandra Hedberg said...

it's so sweet.

and it's so fun to see what they have learned about different roles...

Megan Coyle said...

awe, that's so sweet. Thanks for sharing another amusing post :)

Nicky Linzey said...

This is just so sweet. Definitely one of those magic moments you'll always remember.

Fruenswerk said...

HAHA...my face is smiling ;)

whenigrowupcoach said...

The Bossy/Leader Dreamer...who says that's a juxtaposition?

Love it.

Ces said...

Oh my. I have sat down on so many classes in the living room. I had a loving and caring teacher and a very strict teacher. Anyway it is fun to see how the children teach and I was very impressed. Later I became a beligerent student and man did I ever feel for the teacher. She was so gentle and so caring that I was so embarrassed by my behaviour. I love it when kids pretend to be grown-up.

Christine said...

haha :-))) Still laughing.
Wonderful:-)

painted fish studio said...

thanks for diggin' my little book! i love hearing about your lessons. you have 2 great little teachers!

Esti said...

please, keep these stories of your daughter coming. They flood me with warmth. Thank you.

aimee said...

thank you all! she is quite the teacher :)