As a mom, I love it when my daughter picks up some of my interests. Just as I learned to sew and cook from my mom, there are certain skills I want to pass along to my daughter. But beyond the necessary skills of keeping house, what truly gives me joy is being able to share some of my hobbies or passions with her.
My daughter Bethany is 16, and she and I are blessed to share a number of interests. We both cross-stitch, we’re both avid readers, and we both love watching Disney movies and old Hollywood musicals. However, one of my favorite shared interests comes in the form of a long, cylindrical object covered with keys. We both play the flute. Well, I used to play and can still manage all but the highest registers, but my daughter is one of the top chairs in her high school band.
She and I both started our musical journey in junior high, carried on with high school marching and concert bands, and maybe one day she’ll follow in my footsteps to play in a college band. If so, she’ll likely exceed me, for I only lasted one year in college band before I met my husband-to-be and switched to choir to be with him. (Aw…wasn’t that romantic. Or maybe just desperate. Whatever it was, it worked!)
Bethany plays the same flute I used for marching in high school and college. (So glad I kept that!). My concert flute has open holes, and she’s not as keen on trying that, but I love having two flutes because that means I can occasionally play with her. What a joy! Except when I fumble the notes. But even then, we laugh it off and try again.
Last week, my husband found a video circulating FB with a flutist exhibiting a thoroughly modern technique that had Bethany and I smiling and dropping our jaws in amazement. Ever hear a flute player beatbox while playing? Let me tell you, it’s impressive.
Oh, and what really pushed us over the top into outright laughter was the “smolder” he gave at the end of his performance. So “Flynn Rider” from Disney’s Tangled. Being the Disney aficionados that we are, that just made it all the more fun.
Here’s the video. Enjoy the eyebrows. Ha!
- What hobbies or passions do you share with family members or close friends? Any you hope to pass on to your children or grandchildren?