I'm a big fan of the arts and am stoked that A is so musical (artistic all around, actually), but this band thing is getting a bit out of hand. She's in two band/orchestras at school, she has her rock band, and now she's playing in yet another band that they put together with assorted friends. In the past she's jammed with other friends from the dojo but it's always been pretty laid back and casual, with no parental intervention except for rides and rehearsal space. This recent band that they put together is being spearheaded by some of the parents, and as we all know, once parents get involved, everything goes to heck. I feel like it's grown to be more than it should be, but I'm told it won't last too long.
Anyway, on top of A's assorted rehearsals, she's also taking lessons, which don't take up as much time but definitely comes with a cost. She really enjoys the lessons and gets a lot out of them, but I think it wouldn't hurt to trim a little of the time and cost of our current musical schedule. Then again, nobody cares what I think.
Until the next time, thanks for reading, and thanks to sasha noir for the pic.