PK has always loved singing and dancing. I have secretly hoped that this would translate into a love of musical instruments too. I'm a clarinet player, but I've dabbled in playing piano, the flute, the sax (alto, tenor), and guitar (very badly). Most recently, I've been taking violin lessons. I started taking them during mat-leave. I needed to get out of the house after being with PK all day, and this was my weekly refuge. Nearly two years later, I am still taking lessons. I love playing, even though I don't think I'm that great.
Recently, PK has taken an interest in the violin. She'll sometimes request that I take it out, to play her the ABC song or "Mary Had a Little Lamb" or whatever other kids' song. I get a real kick out of it. A couple of weeks ago, when I had the violin out, I let PK use my old (very warped, which is why I bought a new one) bow on the violin. She thought it was awesome and couldn't get enough of it.
I told my mom about PK's interest in the violin, so my mom has decided to buy PK a violin for Christmas. It may be a bit early (Suzuki violin starts at age 3), but I thought, "Why not?" Isn't it good to get kids into music at an early age? I wish I had gotten into music at an early age. I didn't start playing the clarinet until grade 7. I'm self-taught at piano and didn't have my first formal lesson until I was 27. I don't mind that my parents never paid for music lessons when I was growing up. At the same time, if PK shows an interest in music, I definitely want to encourage it, especially since music is such a huge part of my life.
Anyway, I ordered the violin for my mom through amazon.com (the Canadian site doesn't sell instruments) on Tuesday. After tax and shipping, it came out to USD $106. Not bad, and certainly cheaper than anything I would've gotten here. It's *supposed* to come with a case, bow, and chin rest. I had it shipped to work, and it arrived today. I'm totally excited to see the look on PK's face on Christmas when she opens it. She's already been telling me that Vovó is going to buy her a violin. She originally wanted a yellow one (she saw a yellow guitar on a Sesame Street video and thought it was a violin), then she wanted a pink one, then a blue one. I told her that the one that Vovó was buying her would be brown. She seemed okay with that.
Here's to hoping that she actually takes to the violin!
PK with my (very cool blue) violin
The violin box sitting in my cubicle.