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4th-May-2005 08:13 am
Elayna! - Karlita
Elayna, listening to "Drunken Sailor" as performed by Captain Tractor: "They come in a little late on the drums."

My daughter is musical.

She always has been. When we went to Disney for the first time, when she was 18 months old, I noticed that she swung her legs, tapped her feet, in perfect time to the bands. But it's really come out with the flute. She cannot get enough of that flute. She plays every day - not just at school, but at home. In her spare time, she plays flute instead of playing My Little Pony. (When she's not writing/drawing her stories.)

And when you hear the words "flute practice", you may associate that with dissonant screeching. But no. She's good. She's really good. "Linus and Lucy" was instantly recognizable from Day One.

In the DC miniseries "Identity Crisis", there's a scene where the villian Boomerang is reunited with his long-lost son and is teaching him to use a boomerang. These boomerangs are razor-sharp, and the son accidentally throws one right towards Boomerang's neck. And then intercepts it. Superspeed. And there's a look in Boomerang's eye as he says "Speed. My son has speed."

My daughter has music.

Understand - music is my blood and bone. But I can't make it. Percussion, yes. Other stuff, I've never done. It is not what I do. Writing is what I do, what naturally pours out of me.

And docorion said recently that people are a little in awe of writers. Of people who have story. I couldn't quite get that - I guess because I have story, so it isn't an exceptional thing to me.

But now I get it. Because my daughter has music.

She got it from Layne. The only pure thing he had, he passed along to her. And she makes it her own.

My daughter has music. :)
4th-May-2005 05:40 am (UTC)
Beautifully said
4th-May-2005 05:51 am (UTC)
*hug* Thank you!
4th-May-2005 05:41 am (UTC)
Heh, this post warms the cockles of my cold, unfeeling, childfree heart. ;)
4th-May-2005 05:52 am (UTC)
Even people who usually don't like kids tend to like Elayna...
4th-May-2005 05:54 am (UTC)
Oh, I'm fine with kids, especially if they're nerdy (there's nothing like talking about who's cooler, Luke or Vader with a six-year-old :D), but they're just not for me personally. I hope my tongue-in-cheekness came out in that first comment. :)
4th-May-2005 05:57 am (UTC)
It did. No worries.

Our usual exchange when departing airplanes, as Elayna gets growly because people aren't deplaning fast enough...

Me: "Patience, young Skywalker."
Elayna: "Mommy, I am not a Jedi!"
4th-May-2005 05:59 am (UTC)
My friends over in Medford have a couple of sparkling, lovely children and their oldest is knee-deep in comics and nerd-movies even at the age of six. I predict he'll be gaming with us in four or five years, easy. :)
4th-May-2005 07:00 am (UTC)
My son already makes guest appearances in our White Wolf game. :)

4th-May-2005 10:10 am (UTC)
I couldn't have described my own situation any better.
4th-May-2005 06:03 am (UTC)
Welcome to what living with my husband is like :-)
I am *quite* in awe of his having music the way that he does.
4th-May-2005 06:32 am (UTC)
Your daughter really is just that awesome. :)

And I really need to get off my overworked and stressed rear and photocopy some of the ton of flute music I have around here and send it and penguins off to Georgia. :)
4th-May-2005 07:41 am (UTC)
Beautifully said, and how exciting! I am very happy for Elayna. A note to you though, 'song... expect her to want to get away from music at some point. Most people I know who started young, myself included, hit a point in their life where they started slipping away from music. Do all you can to discourage that; she will regret it immensely otherwise.
4th-May-2005 08:27 am (UTC)
she will regret it immensely otherwise.

Precisely. I miss music a great deal.
4th-May-2005 04:25 pm (UTC)
It's never too late to pick it back up again. I'm living proof!
4th-May-2005 04:39 pm (UTC)
and I very well may, once I finish the hell of law school
4th-May-2005 10:21 am (UTC)

I miss it a lot.
4th-May-2005 04:26 pm (UTC)
See my comment above to enderfem :)
4th-May-2005 04:34 pm (UTC)
Wow. I understood that so well.

like fiannaharpar said, that's what life is like
for sanjikrhys and me.

She's a writer. She has notebooks everywhere and is constantly writing
longhand. She's been published more than I ever have or will already.
I am constantly amazed at her talent despite all of her insecurities
and fear of trying to be "really" published. She also tells me of my skills
as a writer, as well, although I downplay all of my own skills. However, I realized that my skills as a writer are different from hers. I tend to have a journalistic, essay-style whereas she has story.

However, at the same time, she is amazed at my music. While I certainly don't feel I make music like your daughter makes. (Much to my chagrin, I'd love to learn to play..) I have a voice. I hear the music in my head, and I have the voice to get it out. Probably also explains why my music collection dwarfs nearly everyone I know in size and variety.

I think, to some degree, we are constantly in awe of each other, and that is part of why we love each other as a treasure.

5th-May-2005 06:25 am (UTC)
She also tells me of my skills as a writer, as well, although I downplay all of my own skills. However, I realized that my skills as a writer are different from hers. I tend to have a journalistic, essay-style whereas she has story.

That's Adam and I, right there. Exactly.
4th-May-2005 04:57 pm (UTC)
That's wonderful.:)

I love the way you write about her.

5th-May-2005 06:26 am (UTC)
I'm constantly marveling at what a lucky mom I am. :)
4th-May-2005 05:11 pm (UTC)
re: having story

I'm still sorta...overanalyzing the creative process.

I dated a musician for years. I could never understand how the composing process works. I've run sound and I've had empathic sorts of connections to the bands I've worked with, but that whole "hey let's jam/let's write a song" thing completely escapes me.

I get glimmers of it with art, but I don't have the tools to create what I see in my head.

Now that I'm hanging with costumers, I'm again befuddled. I'm used to taking elements and creating a costume - Charme is not something I imagined and sewed, she's an idea I pieced together from found elements. I watch 99 sketch costumes and create beauty with his sewing machine, and I'm...confounded.

Of course, the musician I dated told me recently, "You do the SAME THING when you write. It's just a different language."

Annnnnnd..I suppose. I mean, that resonates. But I'm still frustrated because - I guess because I'm not bilingual. (Heh!)

(I know you've asked before if I write - and yeah. I do. http://home.att.net/~dusti, if you're curious..)
5th-May-2005 06:27 am (UTC)
Of course, the musician I dated told me recently, "You do the SAME THING when you write. It's just a different language."

That's similar to what docorion told me.

(I've read your stuff and like it muchly, but don't think I've told you that since I first befriended you.)
(Also - I miss you.)
5th-May-2005 07:36 pm (UTC)

Ok, so how is it possible that I miss you too and most of the time we've spent near each other has been while we were asleep?

I really wish I could have made it to Boston last weekend. :(

6th-May-2005 02:30 pm (UTC)
Cosmic cousins, man. Cosmic cousins.
6th-May-2005 07:22 pm (UTC)
Word up!
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