Now that we’ve moved all the boxes and extra percussion equipment Andrew has collected over the last few years from his bedroom to his newly acquired storage unit we can be labeled as true empty nesters – or not. Just because they are out of the nest doesn’t mean they don’t need you.
A few weeks ago I received a text message from Andrew, my youngest, soliciting my assistance.
Ha! Who can say “NO” when asked so eloquently? I couldn’t imagine what he wanted me to do. It’s nice to know he has faith in me to do whatever it is he needs done. This time it was the zipper in his new mallet bag. He wanted the zipper flipped so the bag would open from the top instead of the bottom. Seems that would be more convenient when just slipping out one mallet.
Why they don’t make them that way to begin with I don’t know. I told him to leave that company a review and suggest just that, but he wouldn’t hear of it. Supposedly that bag is attached to a big name percussionist and he didn’t want to offend him. Whatever…
It took three hours of wrestling to remove the zipper and flip it upside down to open as he wished! At that point my charges had skyrocketed. Good thing for him he’s not a paying customer.
Last week I had a trip planned to Atlanta to see three grandchildren dance in a dance competition and a side trip to Tennessee to see Andrew play in a percussion concert. When I relinquished the newly revised mallet bag over to its rightful owner he handed me one to alter for a friend. Ugh!
No, I am not going into the zipper replacement business. I finished the second one two days ago and it’s on it’s way via snail mail to Tennessee. Done and done!
Last year he had me making black covers for heating pads to warm up tambourines on stage. You can read about that ordeal here.
I also fashioned some felts strips last year, with strings attached, that hang on the side of the timpani, but I can’t even remember what the purpose of that was!
I think his friends are in awe that he has a mother who can sew. Threading a needle is a lost art these days!
So that’s what I do when I’m not writing and a lot of the time I’m doing the same
when I should be writing.
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