He’s No Rolling Stone

Published Date: March 12th, 2010
Category: Weekly Thought

We had one of those defining moments last night. G and I were lying on the couch and he was serenading me with a lovely rendition of “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.” And then he turned to me with a twinkle in his eye and said,

“Mama, I can play this on the piano. Really. I know how.”

My heart started beating fast. Could it be? Had all my dreams come true? Was my child a musical genius?

I calmly said,

“Well, go ahead” and then sat there with bated breath.

He slowly climbed onto the piano bench. Loudly opened the piano. And started running his little finger up the piano keys.

History was about to happen. I imagined myself telling a Rolling Stone or Spin reporter that I just KNEW he was a going to rise to rock fame the day I heard him tinker out Twinkle Twinkle Little Star on the piano. With no help from me. I should also mention that John and I are RIDICULOUSLY in awe of rock stars. As in if we had a choice to meet President Obama or Mick Jagger, I’m afraid we would be digging out our tattered t-shirts with large tongues on them.

Most people hope their children become doctors or lawyers. Not us. We pray for rock.

Therefore, this was a big moment for us. All those years of expensive Wiggleworms classes and dragging him to Lollapalooza and Blondie concerts at Ravinia were about to pay off.

That’s right. I was sure I had the next David Bowie living in our house.

Or not. Because let’s just say HIS version of Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star was more the B-side or Yoko Ono version. Pretty unrecognizable.

After the initial disappointment (and I REALLY sat there, maybe for about 3 minutes, hoping a miracle would happen) I turned to John and said,

“Should I just go teach him how to play it?”

To which he replied,

“Might as well since he’s clearly not figuring it out. Looks like golf lessons it is this summer!”

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