As you know, I grew up around here. I experienced a lot of what my kids are experiencing. The hope for a snow day (usually disappointed-curse those snow plows), the fun parks, malls, lakes etc. When it comes to field trips they are going on the same trips. There are the trips to the zoo, the Children's Theater, the Science Museum, Children's Museum and skiing. Today was Ry's trip to Orchestra Hall downtown.
I am about to let you all in on a little secret....I really do not enjoy Orchestra Hall. The music does not relax, entertain or inspire me at all. I remember dreading this field trip as a child. I remember staring at the hall counting the bumpy things, waiting for it to be over. I remember trying to picture what kind of cartoon they would put the different music to...anything to help me enjoy this trip as a child.
When I showed up at the school this morning, I walked in with another chaperon-mom. She just kept going on and on about how excited she was about the trip. That she was excited about ANYTHING music. I just smiled and said I hoped it would be a good time. I was slightly ashamed at my attitude. I then distanced myself from the her. :)
I will say that the concert seemed to showcase the instruments more than I remembered. Lets face it, educators know how to teach/entertain children better now. Programs have improved. I enjoyed the musicians walking in as they played their parts. I enjoyed the big screen that helped the audience see the different instruments. I also think that they condensed the show. That all helps. But, tie a big bow around it and dip it in chocolate...it is still classical music (Maybe if they played Hooked on Classics or ABBA I would respond more positively).
Bottom line: I'm not a musical person. Are you guys ready to hear another shocker? Even a practice hymn at church can make me antsy and uncomfortable (that's a different post though).
Ryan asked me if I enjoyed the field trip. I can honestly say I enjoyed the trip because I was with my guy. He was happy I went and that is what is important, right? I would go again in a heart beat, but next time let's hit the Children's theater.