Thursday, February 12, 2015

When Your Child Marches to the Beat of a Different Drummer

Max and the Gingerbread ManMax is one of those kids*.

We’ve known it for a long time and really, it comes as no surprise given who his parents are.

It first became very evident in the Summer of 2013. So much so that I wrote a post about how Max marches to the beat of a different drummer and titled it “Max and the Gingerbread Man**”. For whatever reason, I never posted it.

And then today happened.

For the past week, The Kids have had to do homework every day. Actually, Ed and I have had to do homework every day but I’m saving that for another post.

The theme revolved around making a violin.

Day one, we had to walk downtown and get two shoeboxes from the kids shoe store***.
Day two, they cut out the silhouette of a violin and painted the cardboard.
Day three, we improved the structural integrity of the instrument and installed the strings.
Day four, we made a bow.
Day five was today.

Maxs Violin GuitarTa da.

As usual, I dropped The Kids off at school around 8:50am. Except today, Ed and I entered the school with them. You see, all the kids, aged 3-6 years old were putting on a musical presentation for the Parents.

At least 250 parents and kids gathered to laugh, clap, dance and listen to music. And music there was. Violins and drummers and maracas and flutes. And, amongst all the (somewhat) organized chaos…

There was one boy playing a violin, like it was a guitar.

To his credit, Max always said that he was making a guitar and not a violin. He was very adamant about that fact. So much so that he said he wouldn’t perform if he couldn’t play his guitar.

So he did. And he was mighty proud of his performance. As he should have been.

And so were we.

Note that The Kids are the only ones wearing sun hats. You can recognize Max’s blue one that he’s had for five years…

Know of a Child that Marches to the
Beat of a Different Drummer?

*Note that we have no problem with Max being one of “those kids”. In fact, we applaud the person that he is.

** As for the original post from 2013. It all happened while we were at Claus Mueller’s Annual Pig Roast. Ed asked Max if he wanted a bite of his gingerbread man to which he replied “Yes”. Ed asked him if he wanted the leg or the arm. Max looked at the cookie, looked back at Ed, tilted his head and was silent for a few seconds. You could tell that he was thinking. Then he replied, “I’d like the head please”. And the head he got.

*** For whatever reason, you don’t have to pay for shoeboxes in our city. About the only thing you don’t have to pay for. Trust me, this is asterisk worthy.

Note that I use the term “playing a musical instrument” loosely as none of them made any noise.

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27 thoughts on “When Your Child Marches to the Beat of a Different Drummer

  1. Christy Maurer

    I love that he is expressing himself in his own way AND that you are letting him! That is what I loved most about homeschooling. That my kids could be themselves and no one (teachers) could tell them to be a certain way (conform to the norm). Now they are such amazing individuals who have been allowed to develop their talents rather than have them stifled by ridiculous busywork. <3
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  2. Aneta Alaei

    Great concert! I have my Emma who also goes to a different beat (as do I naturally as an Aquarius) and to find a balance is a struggle. I try to remember that I don’t want her to follow in others footsteps as to make her own path and it helps with the ridiculousness sometimes.
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    1. Sarah Post author

      Dear Aneta,

      It’s hard finding a happy medium. Last year, we supported Max in his desire to not go to school. It was hard and we met with a lot of criticism. We talked to him and his reasoning was logical (for a 4 year old) so he stayed home. This year, he’s chosen differently. Who ever said parenting was easy…

      Besos Sarah
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  3. Jason

    Marching to the beat of your own drum is what makes this World such a diverse place! Be yourself, it’s original. Who wants to be the same as everyone else anyways? Boring!
    Our little guy does his own thing too and I gladly support him in his individuality. Glad to see that you allowed Max to do things his way as well. Loved the performance BTW 🙂
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  4. paula schuck

    I expect nothing less of your children. They simply have to be their own little people and march to the beat of a different drummer and that is a super cute performance and I also love that as a craft. I love the hint about you and Max’s dad doing the homework. HA!!!
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    1. Clare Korth

      Love it !! I have a few living here who march to their own drummer. Actually, I think we ALL do.
      Greetings from the Cold, Cold North. Please give Max and Artemis a huge hug from Tia xoxo
      Peace and Love my friend. Continue spreading your good vibes to the world. WE can Change the energy of the world. 🙂

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  5. Aliya D

    I have a little boy who also very unique and quite the rebel… We never placed any expectations on him; just let him be and express himself in his own natural way. When he was three and four we started to notice that he loved to learn; he would gain interest in a singular topic and start devouring everything he could about it until he was almost an expert. This caused some issues with pre-school and kindergarten because he was often bored and acting out. We had to find him a different school and a different methodology of teaching to accommodate his unique talents and needs. Marching to beat of your drum as you stated, or the diversity of thought is what helps civilization and the human race evolve, change and grow…

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    1. Sarah Post author

      Dear Aliya,

      Your son is so lucky to have your support. Max decided to go to school (in Mexico) this year but he’s not really interested in doing what everyone else is doing. He will have a different kind of education like yours. Can I ask what province and/or city you live in. Thank you for stopping by and sharing a chapter of your story.

      Besos Sarah.
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      1. Aliya D

        Hi Sarah,

        Wow, Mexico. That is certainly different and he will have a very unique perspective on the world… I spent my childhood overseas and it definitely shaped who I am now and how I raise my little men. 🙂 I live in Calgary.

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  6. loucheryl

    My 5 year old son also marches to the beat of a different drummer. I find him quirky and funny. The things that he says sometimes makes me stop and think. Where the heck does he come up with these things??? LOL!

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