There’s My Harmonica!

Nathan says I always preface my stories with way too many details. He may be right. But sometimes there are is just important background information that makes the story even better.

So here’s the background:

1. Nathan…because of his interest in Bob Dylan, has a harmonica. I don’t remember when he got his first “cheap” harmonica, but last year for Christmas I got him the real thing. A nice Hohner in the key of E.

2. Elias also took an interest in the harmonica. Nathan’s cheap harmonica is now Elias’. He plays and plays it while walking around the house. It’s quite cute.

3. Yesterday the harmonica went missing. Elias was quite distressed about this, but I told him we’d find it when Daddy got home.

4. We did not find the harmonica. This morning as we were getting ready for preschool, Elias asked again for his harmonica. I told him we didn’t have time to look, but we would look hard after preschool. We got in the car.

Ok…so here’s the real story…..

I was driving on the freeway with both boys in the back seat. Jon Foreman was serenading us over the stereo. No one had said anything for a few minutes. We were just listening to the music. I was thinking a lot about the fact that it was my son’s first day of preschool and getting a little emotional…but more on that in a different post.

All of a sudden Elias said, “Hey! There’s my harmonica!”

That phrase shocked me out of my emotional thoughts. I looked in the rear view mirror to see where Elias was looking, and was trying for the life of me to figure out how it got in the car.

Before I could ask Elias where he saw it, he continued, “They took it in the music!”

It was then that I realized that sure enough, there was harmonica in the music we were listening to.

I was trying not to laugh, but mostly I was just inwardly proud that my son had recognized the harmonica on his own in the music. As I was digesting all that was happening, Elias said again, “They took my harmonica! Where is it?”

He is so cute.

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2 Responses to There’s My Harmonica!

  1. janet says:

    I wonder if not needing (or seeming to need) back story/ background information is a male thing. My husband sometimes gets impatient when I start to explain something and need to set out all the details (some of which seem vitally important to me anyway) before I get to the actual point. I wonder if it has to do with men generally seeing things in a very linear way and women seeing things more globally (in a more encompassing way). Not in every situation of course. Just in general There are times I am the more linear — but it comes of or maybe it is what allows us to be “tend -ers” of households and jugglers of details. I wonder….

  2. Renee says:

    I love the fact that Elias is learning to hear different instruments with in music. You guys are doing such a great job raising your men right!

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