This was my plan:
Expose Chloe, my daughter, to the music I love when she was very young. Then, when she’s older, she’ll already have a built-in appreciation for fine music, the likes of Elvis Costello and Tom Waits.
She’ll be one of those cool teens!
I even had pictures and magazines placed in strategic locations in the house and bought her an oversized Elvis Costello t-shirt that she wore as a nightshirt along with red socks (angel-worthy “shoes” — get it?).
It couldn’t miss!
But it didn’t work…
She never voluntarily listens to Elvis Costello or Tom Waits. And I’m too embarrassed to say what she does like…
Where did I go wrong?
Well, she’s only 28.
There’s still hope, right?
Kind Action : Introduce Your Child to Something YOU Love
Music Recommendation 1 : Imperial Bedroom — Elvis Costello
Music Recommendation 2 : Swordfishtrombones — Tom Waits
Indeed, think back to how exciting it was to be somewhere other than at school on a weekday. You know, when you “should” be in school.
I encourage you to occasionally be inspired by that remembrance. Take a personal day or play hooky. Involve your family.
That’s me in that photo above, taken along the beach in California in March 2010. Melinda, our two daughters, and I had taken a field trip to San Francisco from our home in Seattle, needing to visit the nearest French Consulate in order to get our visas for our year of living in France.
We stayed with Melinda’s cousin’s family, who took us to the beach on a weekday when anyone under the age of 18 “should have” been in school.
The inspiration for this idea comes from Gretchen Rubin’s blog. In the linked post, she shares about going on a field trip as an adult, having been inspired by her 6-year-old.
Kind Action : Take a Field Trip!
Book Recommendation : The Happiness Project
For a little further inspiration, here’s 35 seconds of “charter bus excitement” from a group of kindergartners.