Saturday, September 15, 2007

When you least expect it...

...a blessing just comes out of the blue. Josh called me today as I was at Sonic picking up lunch. He said that his clarinet teacher called and told him that they have an anonymous donor that is willing to pay for my clarinet to be overhauled. That is something that would cost 300+ dollars.

I have a Buffet R13 clarinet which is top of the line. My parents got it for me when I was in the 8th grade and got a special deal on it because I had an uncle that worked at the college music department. They paid around $800 for it back then when it normally would have cost around $1200-$1500. Today, a new R13 would be around $2700. I've wanted to get Josh one for a long time but it's just too much money right now as I'm trying to get out of debt. He hasn't liked playing my clarinet much as he's used to his. His horn, however, is a basic student model and isn't a Buffet. Mine still plays, but has never been worked on (other than fixing a crack in it at one point) in the past 24 years. I have a side key that gets stuck, cork and pads that need to be replace and loose joints that should be tightened. By getting it overhauled, Josh can play it which would improve his tone quality immensely. I will still use it when I play in church, but this way Josh can have a really good instrument. Hopefully some day I can buy him his own clarinet, but for now, this is a great blessing.

In other news today.... I got my hair cut! Woo hoo! It feels so much better. It is quite a bit shorter, but I like it. She thinned it and layered it and I think it's going to be great. Now I need to get ready for the band trip. I'll take some of my school work to do and maybe I can find one of my unread books around here that perhaps I can get "into" again.

As promised, I wanted to give you the link to the audio files of the "This I Believe" essays. Here's your chance to hear my voice, if you've never heard it before. (I did an audio blog once upon a time so a few of you know what I sound like.) You can hear some of my students as well. Some did a really good job... others... well, at least they tried. I hope you enjoy them.

This is the last post for today since I'm going to the game and won't be back until late tonight.


Susanlee said...

You should show us pictures of your new hair!

Summer said...

That is a real blessing isn't it? Wow.

BTW, I know you are a Post Secret fan too...have you tried to look at it yet today? Someone has hijacked it. GRRRR.

Tammi said...

Love your blog...mind if I add you to my faves?Email me at
and I'll send you an invite.Work/family issues prevent me from having an open blog,like I've had since 2002...Bummmer...but if I can't find your email here to send you an invite.If you it to me.
You reminded me of 2 things...THAT being the first..and the fact that I tryed to dull the brightness of this dang blonde hair,and now,as far as "I'm" concerned,it looks as though someone dumped an ashtray of ashes on my head!Uugh!
My Mom said I should be ashamed to tell anyone I was a hairdresser for a long time!LOL
People at work say they just looooove it.I think their trying to ease my pain.
Congrats on the clarinet issue.There really are some "good"people out there,ya know?
Email me w/ your E if you can't get in my blog,if u want.
Have a great rest of the weekend,hun :-}

Cheryl said...

I really enjoyed your audio essay. Your choice must have been very hard, and your dedication to your future was inspiring.