Alex has been taking guitar now since February. His teacher is wonderful and lives in our neighborhood----actually comes to our house for lessons! Tonight the teacher was playing at a local restaurant/bar for a few sessions. Alex asked to go hear Mr. Ken so we had no qualms about taking him. What was interesting is that Mr. Ken's girlfriend made a comment to us that they were both excited we brought Alex because not many parents would take their teenager to a bar atmosphere to hear music. Man, we didn't think twice about it. It was a very nice, upscale restaurant in town----not your typical bar. Think coffeehouse type setting.
Katie danced competitive Irish dance for six years or more. I can't tell you how many Irish pubs that child danced in before the age of 12. Sad perhaps, but true! It so much the part of the Irish community! She and her friends loved dancing to the music. We did make comments (the parents did) that it's great to see our kids dance but strange it was in a pub. Anyhow, to take Alex to this restaurant was no biggie for us. He was, obviously, the only kid in the room but that was okay. He got a chance to hear what his teacher does at night, listened music he hasn't heard before (James Taylor, Eagles, Buffett, etc), and enjoyed some good food. He's actually heard it all before but tuned it out!
Katie stayed home with the girls although I know she would have enjoyed hearing him also. BUT, she won't "allow" me to get a babysitter for the girls. No one can watch them except us therefore she stayed home. Maybe another time. She took the girls to McDonalds to eat and play at the Playland instead. I know the little ones had fun!
Guess we won't win Parents of the Year but our kids will certainly be well-rounded and have a life full of great memories!