When I started out on this blog, I think I may have
mentioned my intention to write a bit about fabricating some sort
of work/life balance. Well, work has gotten the best of me and has
left the "life" part (of which my writing is included) firmly
planted on the ground like a chubby kid alone on the see saw.
The past two weeks have involved me
being on four airplanes and traveling to such exotic locales as New
York City and New Orleans. Both trips were for work, however, so I
barely got time to get covered in powdered sugary goodness in New
Orleans before it was time to head to the networking tent. I was
more than impressed with NOLA, but coming back on Saturday meant
that my weekend was halfway shot and we had no plans for
As the social chair of our
household, I was failing. Miserably.
As luck would have it, Sunday
morning we got wind of a kids' concert happening later that morning
at the Old Town School of Folk Music in Lincoln Square. Luckily the
show wasn't sold out, so we hopped on over and took little
yet-to-be-2 Eli to his first live concert.
This kid LOVES music. He asks for
classical or jazz or rock depending on his mood, and one of my
husband's greatest joys is creating playlists for our future
The auditorium at the Old Town
School on Lincoln is cozy, and was packed to the brim with kidlets
of all ages (well, all ages under 6). We grabbed a spot in back
center and waited for the good times to begin. Right on time,
Little Miss Ann comes on stage, the lights flicker down, and I make
sure that Eli can see.
Eli is captivated from the first
pluck on the guitar. And by the time Ann pelts out her fun-loving
rendition of "Waltzing Matilda" three songs later, I am bawling,
just in awe watching him transfixed clapping his little hands and
bopping his head for good measure. I had forgotten the magic of
watching your child take in something new and was baby-struck for
the first time in too long.
I want more of that. I cannot wait
for the summer and all of the kids' concerts that she brings. We
are so lucky to live in a town like Chicago where we are so well
stocked with local artists dedicated to bringing music and joy to
our children and this ourselves.
See more of Lindsay's stories here.
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