My youngest is four now. My oldest is twenty-three. Things are changing and I am muddling through the changes. For the longest time there were nine kids at home and things were relatively predictable outside of illness and stuff like that. Now there is no one in diapers and I only have one more kid who needs to teach how to read. Diapers and teaching kids how to read used to be overwhelming but if I stop and think about it, those things now don't loom over my head.
Now that there is a little bit more time available, I have started practicing my horn again and am hoping to find more opportunities to play in my older age. I was encouraged to find a website which stated that it is never too late to pick up your instrument again and have a go at it. So far I have just rejoined the University band here and just finished up the semester. We all had fun that and the concert went well. I can almost play through all my old solo pieces and am working through technique books to improve my accuracy. I enjoy it. It is a nice change.
One of the side effects from regaining some of my music skills, is that my kids are taking music more seriously and are getting excited about the things they can learn. I firmly believe that playing a musical instrument improves brain development as well as teaches dedication and perseverance and......it's fun.
My older kids lives are changing of course so it has just seemed to me that I need to keep my own mind moving along with learning and relearning new things so I don't get caught mourning their growing up to much. I have a hammer dulcimer which has too much dust on it and needs some tuning and cleaning. The more I play my horn, the more I want to make more music. We shall see how this goes as the weeks and months progress.