Monday, April 29, 2013

Yo-yo Ma made me skip class

Okay I'm cheating, Yo-yo Ma is not really the topic of this post, but Yo-yo Ma starts with the letter Y and he is a famous cellists.  And I also play the cello, and this post is sort of about that. (I thought of replacing each mention of the word "cello" with the phrase "Yo-yo ma's instrument  but that went too far and sounded a little dirty) If you imagine a cello player, you normally might think of a goody-two-shoes, you know the well-behaved kid who never did anything naughty, and certainly never skipped class. 

Overall I was a good kid in school. I did my homework, I didn't talk back, I was never rowdy in class (maybe it was just because I was shy). Orchestras was offered at my school starting in fourth grade. I talked one of my best friends into playing the cello with me, I already been playing for a couple years and she played piano so she picked it up pretty fast. One part of doing music in elementary school was getting to miss class to go to orchestra. There was legitimate time spent outside of class practicing our instruments, having sectionals (practice where only people who played the same instrument would attend), and full orchestra practice. And this gave me an odd opportunity to be naughty. 

When I didn't want to be in my normal classroom I would tell the teacher I had orchestra sectionals, then I would head off to the classroom down the hall, look at my friend in the classroom window, and she would know exactly what was going on. She'd tell her teacher that we had orchestra sectionals, and then we'd be free. We would go down to the cafeteria, into the little orchestra room that was cornered off by one of those accordion wall/door things (we could get into it even though it was locked because we could climb right under the accordion door). We spent hours in that little room, playing cello, playing piano, playing with other instruments, or just chatting. 

I may have gotten caught once, but I don't really remember. What I do remember is spending blissful time away from all the horrible parts of school that I hated: being stuck in class when the subject matter was too boring to me, with other kids who would tease me for being shy. Much of the time, if I was in class, I would hide a book under my desk and just read through the class period.  Ironically, reading under my desk got me in trouble more often than skipping class ever did.

So did Yo-yo Ma ever skip class to go to the orchestra room? I bet if he did he was actually playing the cello the whole time instead of playing with every other instrument or just giggling with his friend. I don't know what I'd do if my kids got caught skipping class for imaginary sectionals. But I will cherish the memories of my tiny elementary school rebellion.

11 comments:

  1. I think we all had those little tiny rebellious moments. School could be so miserable for the shy, it was nice to be able to escape for any reason

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  2. My son is about that age, and there is talk of signing up for orchestra. He's not sure ... but he's not very shy as long as he has his friends around. I was shy ... should've done what you did. :)

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    1. Orchestra is such a good experience for so many reasons, I hope your son decides to give it a try. I'm so grateful that I got the chance.

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  3. Naughty cello player, huh? Sounds like one of those "one time at band camp" scenarios. And at least you were doing something productive with your time.

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    1. hahaha. It does, doesn't it? Or like one of those adult halloween costumes. lol

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  4. I didn't skip classes very often, but I used to skip pep rallies consistently. My history teacher, may he rest in peace, was sympathetic and used to let me hide in his classroom during them.

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    1. Oh yes, I would skip all the pep rallies unless I had to be there for the hockey team. At first we could just hang around the cafeteria but eventually they started cracking down on us and we had to hide in the Japanese classroom. I don't even count that as skipping because pep rallies were stupid. ;)

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  5. Never underestimate the educational and spiritual value of "just giggling with a friend." ;)

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