January 27, 2011


Our annual carnival at school starts tomorrow. I am working it the entire weekend, but this is my last weekend, my last year, my seventh year. And I'm not running anything, I just show up for three days.

I received an email from the middle school band director, asking me if I'd play my flute while the band played on Saturday. He doesn't have one person who plays flute in the band. Not one. And so he wanted me to play.


I said to some friends of mine, 'I may be the size of a middle school girl, but I'm not one..."

I walked in to the practice with T, who plays the trombone for said band, and said to my son, "If there aren't any other adults, I'm not doing this..."

Seriously. One adult and a bunch of middle school kids. Really?

And I have less than NO desire to do this. There is a guy who has 10 years on me in the back playing the sax. There appeared two more flute players, both very good, one in particular. The band director asked me if I had a good time during practice and I said, "Sure, but that girl you sat me next to? She just graduated from FSU... with her degree in MUSIC... and her instrument was FLUTE. You essentially brought in a pro..."

I play my flute ONCE.A.YEAR. ONCE. Good grief. This kid is like the Flute Queen.


I keep trying to think of a way to weasel out of it and it hasn't happened yet. Actually, the whole thought of it is making me sick. I'm angry I just flat didn't say NO. Now it's a bit late. I'm stuck.

But this is the last year. This is the last year I work the carnival. This is the last year I'll be asked to pull out my flute and perform for anyone... ever.

The last year. I'm so done... I'm ready for my new life.

This is the last year. Thank.GOD.

Posted by Boudicca at January 27, 2011 10:23 PM

Enjoy it while you can.

Posted by: AC at January 27, 2011 11:23 PM

At the very least I'm glad you aren't running the money stuff this year! Although I think the school should spring for you to go to a nice quiet spot to decompress for a bit after all you've done for them. ;-)

Of course I never played an instrument so I never had to try and find an excuse to turn down playing it. I hope you don't mind that I'm sitting here giggling about this whole asking adults to play in a middle school band thing...

It's the last year... yay you made it through!

Posted by: Teresa at January 28, 2011 05:21 PM

And if weren't bad enough - FSU has an excellent music program. One of the best.

Posted by: patti at January 29, 2011 11:18 AM

... so how many people - other than students - will be playing in the band?...

Posted by: Eric at January 29, 2011 04:31 PM