ummm... if you're expecting a spooky Halloween post you are in for a Trick... the fact is - it doesn't get scarier than a 3rd grade field trip to the Symphony...
as I sat there listening to the beautiful music and enjoying myself I kept having strange phrases pop into my head...
"Youth is wasted on the young" (George Bernard Shaw) - I never understood that when I was young (ooh, there's a suprise) - but trailing the line of running 3rd graders into the concert hall... I GOT it.
"Children should be seen and not heart" (? an old Victorian ideal) - frankly, this is impossible... 'twould be nice at times, but it's bull.
speaking of Bull... "Like a Bull in a China Shop" came to mind at least 67 times during the course of each song.
"You can put lipstick on a pig" (Obama) - think 1400 or so 3rd graders... all dressed to the nines... of course, they're still horsing around and teasing each other - only now they're doing it in dress shirts, lace and high heels!
"You can lead a horse to water but you can't make him drink" (old English Proverb... sort of) only I reworked it a tad into "You can lead a third grader to the symphony, but you can't make them sit still for five freakin' seconds and stop picking at the collar of their nice clothes" Nor can you make them appreciate "Dance Boheme"
"I told you to go before leaving the house!" (every mom I've ever known, and probably a few others) - luckily this was not MY chaperoning duty... but that poor lady in the third row barely sat down the whole time. seriously. Perhaps she's really anti-symphony and gave her class Mountain Dew before leaving the school? My own crowd? I assume that their wiggling was entirely due to their excitement over The Dance of the Toreador... hope they made it back to class okay.
"Your face is gonna FREEZE like that" (another mom-ism) - let's just say that if this one is true there are going to be a thousand or so third graders trick or treating this weekend looking like this:
only with fairy wings and a wand.
and finally: "Music soothes the savage Breast" - seriously, that is NOT a typo... but for the purposes of 3rd grade let's just pretend it IS a typo and go with "Music soothes the savage Beast"... so wrong in so many ways... Music apparently hypes up the average 3rd grader because the bus ride BACK to the school was insane. Seriously - had kids looking at me like I was an alien when I suggested they might want to SIT while the bus was moving... But wait... hmmm... maybe this one DOES have something to it... I sure wouldn't have wanted to sit in that auditorium with 1400 3rd graders without SOMETHING to listen to...
image shamelessly stolen from another site - because sewing the last of the costumes trumped me actually getting my kids to pose for a "bored" photo last night. and YES, they'd have to pose because NO, we are NEVER bored in our house. (it's my blog and that's the story I'm sticking with)
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