Happy Listening ...
I am very much enjoying watching my two girls grow
up. They are 12 and 10 years old now, and Himi, the older of the two,
recently crossed over into a new 'stage', and the suddenness with
which it happened took me quite by surprise. The two of them share a
room together, and about a year ago I bought a small
CD/Radio/Cassette player for their desk, so that they could enjoy
listening to music. I was thinking back to my own teen years, when
listening to music was a very important part of my life. It was a bit
of a disappointment to me when neither of them showed much interest
in my idea. When they were much younger, we had always filled the
house with children's music, and they had learned all the standard
kid's songs, but this time ... they just didn't seem to be
I didn't worry about this, and actually was a bit
relieved that my peace and quiet wasn't going to be disturbed. But
then suddenly just last Saturday, right out of the blue, Himi went
out and bought her first CD, and has been playing it endlessly every
since. Some kind of switch inside her head must have flipped over,
and now there'll be no end to it ...
Are you curious about her first choice? It was a
collection of songs by Nakajima Miyuki, and luckily for me, this
particular music seems basically listenable, but now I'm living in
fear ... Soon she will start to explore more kinds of music, and I'm
sure it won't be long before she starts playing things I can't
But I remember well the pleasure I got from music
during that part of my life, and I won't discourage her. I'll just
grit my teeth, and look forward to those delicious hours of silence
when she's out at school, or tucked quietly in bed!
Happy listening, Himi-chan!