I began taking violin lessons when I was in kindergarten, and I continued taking lessons as a college student. Throughout all those years, I participated in school orchestras - one in junior high, one in high school and one in college. Orchestra allowed me to meet wonderful people, learn how to work with groups and to travel to a variety of places including San Francisco, Seattle, Vancouver and China.
If you've never played with an orchestra, you're missing out. It is a thrilling experience. It is also intense and tiring and bloody. I don't mean bloody figuratively. I mean it literally. My poor fingertips. And, how about playing under the direction of this guy? Can you imagine? I can...and did!
Anyway, I haven't been apart of an orchestra for a long time. I miss playing my violin on a regular basis. These days, I find myself only ever playing in church or at funerals. Don't get me wrong, playing in church is fun and I'm always humbled when I'm asked to play at someone's funeral. Overall, though, they are not enough to keep up my skills.
So, I have a goal to be apart of a community orchestra. I've researched them in my area and know which one I'll join, but when I am able to do that is still up in the air. I love my daughters and all, but they sure do make it impossible for me to do whatever I want whenever I want. :)
The most difficult part about this goal will be arranging the family schedule so I'm able to go to rehearsals. I figure it's worth shaking things up a bit. After all, I want my girls to know I have talents that exceed making mac and cheese.