Sometimes it Helps to Sigh Deeply

woman flopped over table, sleeping

8:00 am – two little boys climbed into my bed for snuggle time. Fell asleep.

8:30 am – Announced that we really had to get moving and have breakfast because today is Tuesday and that means morning piano lessons.

9:00 am – Asked The Manager and Captain Earthquake to get out their printing books and start on their page. Then told them that it would be nice to finish their math up before we needed to leave. “Leave?? Where are we going???”

“Piano lessons,” I told them.

9:14 am – Finished going over math assignment with The Mercenary. Told him that he had about 25 minutes to work on it before we needed to leave. “Leave?? Where are we going???”

“Piano lessons,” I told him.

9:20 am – finished printing with little boys, asked them to pull out their math books. Lots of playing took place. Reminded boys that we were on a schedule today and asked them to fill out their calendars. We needed to finish at least something before we left. “Leave?? Where are we going???”

“Piano lessons,” I told them.

9:38 am – Told littles that we’ll have to finish math when we got home, called older boys to get ready to leave. “Leave?? Where are we going???” asked TechnoBoy.

These lines on my forehead? They’re not wrinkles.

Nope.

They’re the imprint of the brick wall I’ve been beating my head against.

Earnest Parenting: help for parents who occasionally lose their minds.

The editor-in-chief of Earnest Parenting, Amy is the mother of two sets of twin boys. Yes, they drive her crazy, but they also make her laugh occasionally. Amy enjoys writing, quilting, reading, and working on her burgeoning cyber empire.

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  • Doris November 12, 2008, 10:49 am

    You always make me smile! I’ve got the brick marks too…

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  • Doug November 12, 2008, 10:59 am

    I’ll bet….for an upcharge, arrangements could be made for piano lessons to come to you. [smile]
    Doug

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  • Michelle (The Beartwinsmom) November 12, 2008, 11:54 am

    LOL It sounds the EXACT same way at my house. I think your boys and my boys got together and planned this.

    Yup, I have the brick imprints on my forehead, too. I’m sighing with you, dear.

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  • Jennifer D November 12, 2008, 3:07 pm

    You always make me laugh! So funny but true LOL.

    Now if only I could direct their extra energy into the right direction we’d be all set.

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  • Acne November 13, 2008, 12:46 am

    I also have the brick imprints and the wrinkles too. LOL.. How I wish I can sigh them away.

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  • Amy November 15, 2008, 2:53 am

    Doris: you make brick marks look beautiful, my friend.

    Doug: I laughed so hard that I was forced to read the post and your comment to TechnoBoy. He seemed to get it.

    Michelle: It is most DEFINITELY a conspiracy! They probably planned it this summer when we weren’t looking.

    Jennifer: haha…direct their energy. I’m looking forward to when they’re hassled adults with ankle-biters so I can laugh at them.

    Acne: the sighing helps. It usually leads to at least a smile, if not a chuckle. It’s all downhill from there!

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  • Air Jordans November 18, 2008, 1:16 pm

    I think you’re a lot of fun. Boys inspire more worry when they’re little but girls when they are teens. Tell me – do you think it’s true that piano lessons train the kids and structure their learning process even if they aren’t going to entertain the world some day?

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  • Amy November 19, 2008, 1:38 pm

    Air Jordans, I try. I tend to be a workaholic, which isn’t so fun. Thanks for the encouragement! So you’re saying I can look forward to relaxing sometime before I die? That’s a good thing. 🙂

    I think piano lessons are a solid foundation for any other musical pursuits a child may have. And building foundations is what I’m all about. My main point is to stuff them full of skills and knowledge and ideas so they can go off and do something with it. What I’ve told the boys is that they need to take lessons for at least two years, and then can quit or choose another instrument. I’d strongly prefer they play piano for more like 4 years, but 2 is my absolute minimum. We’ll evaluate as they go. Do you play the piano?

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