ZBoy is taking violin lessons through the Strings program at school. Two days a week, he looks like a little camel, humping all his stuff to school. Giant backpack? Check. Violin in hard case? Check. Instruction book? Check (in giant backpack). Music stand? Check.
Sort of check.
The violin is rented, but the music stand we had to buy. It came with a carrying bag, so that it can be carried over the shoulder. Unfortunately, the bag that came with it was made of thin material and after only a few weeks into the program, there was a hole in the end of the bag. If you look at the stand, you'll see all kinds of sharp, poke-y edges (ours doesn't have rubber tips) and those edges just sliced right through the bag. A day later, a big hole appeared in the OTHER end. Now the bag resembles a fabric tube with a handle. It does NOT hold the stand in.
Z would have none of it. Said it was "too embarrassing" and that he would be teased about his bag.
What? What's so embarrassing about an Electric Company bag? It's actually pretty hip-looking.
I told him fine... he could just take the stand with no bag. That I would make him a bag for his stand that would be strong and stand up to the punishment of sharp edges and 10-year old boy.
"Now I just have to decide on a material. Should it have a Hello Kitty pattern? Puppies? Balloons? Babies in diapers? Maybe clowns..."
I glanced over to the passenger seat where Z was staring at me, mouth agape. "You wouldn't do that, would you, Mom?"
I'm guessing that the Electric Company bag isn't looking so bad now.
Don't worry. I won't do that to my boy. I'm just sad that this day has arrived so soon for him.
That day when what other people think becomes too important.