Sometimes as a mom, we have to let go of our own dreams for our kids so they can pursue their own passions. I’m not ashamed to admit that I sometimes live vicariously through my girls. We want for them to experience the same joys we had as children, while at the same time- we want to make things better than we had it, too.
One of those things for me was being involved in chorus. Although my girls love to sing, they have NO DESIRE to sing in chorus. It broke my heart a little bit, but both of them have been playing in the band at school.
My youngest came home the other day and begged to take a different elective next year.
But you are so good at the clarinet! You will regret it if you don’t continue! I told her. I secretly wanted to cry when she told me she didn’t want to do band anymore. She loves art and wanted to explore other things in school.
Honestly, I wanted to put my foot down and not give her the option of quitting. I think as parents we have to encourage our kids to do the things that they excel at- because if we don’t, who else will? But my husband and I talked and he asked me if I wanted her to do band because it was something I wanted for her. He felt like we should give her the option to choose what she wanted to do. I thought my heart was going to break, but I told her that evening that it was her decision. I had to trust the Lord and let go of my own desire for her. She chose to not take band and I begrudgingly signed the form for her.
This past week was my daughters’ band concert. I was so sad that my daughter opted not to do band next year, I didn’t even want to go that night. I watched my youngest walk onto the stage and she found us instantly in the audience. She smiled the whole time she was up there. I was so proud. I watched all of them tapping their feet to the beat, bobbing their heads up and down to the tempo. They finished, and my youngest was brimming with pride. I held back tears, knowing it was the last time she would be sitting up there.
It was a bittersweet evening. I can’t explain why, but every time I go to a band or a chorus concert, I get really emotional. If it weren’t for my involvement in music in school, I don’t know where I’d be today.
And then later that evening, my youngest daughter sat near me and began to cry.
Momma, I DO want to do band! And I want to play all through high school. Please, can I change my schedule? I don’t ever want to stop…
I hadn’t imagined it. She really does love to play.
If I had put my foot down and made her take band next year, she may have not had that epiphany. I was so thankful that she realized how much playing in band meant to her that night.
It was truly the greatest Mother’s Day gift I could have received this year.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding; Proverbs 3:5