As E1 enters fourth grade this year, she has a few new opportunities. She will be eligible to join the Art Club - a certainty. She can play volleyball - a maybe, and basketball - a no. And she can join the band.
She's not sure she wants to play an instrument, but I think if she gives it a try she'll like it. Her class performed with flute-a-phones at the spring concert this year and in no time at all she had the music memorized. The Star Wars Theme on flute-a-phone rocks.
In a flash of brilliance, I emailed my Father-in-law's immediate family to ask if anyone had any instruments that weren't being used; that if E1 chose to play an instrument that they had on hand, maybe we could make a love connection. She's said that she might want to try the clarinet or the flute.
Amid the expected wise-acre replies offering things like an accordion and a piano, we've been offered a trumpet, a clarinet, a flute and an alto sax.
I'm on a thriftiness high - and the money we save will totally allow us to afford band camp in the future.