Sometimes You Just Have to Be the Bad Guy

This is a lesson that I’ve learned a long time ago, but today was probably one of the longest stints of time that I’ve forced myself  to do “time” along with the Cellist.

Mr. Nicholes and I just learned that the Cellist is not happy with playing the cello. In fact, he told his grandmother that he doesn’t want to take lessons anymore. My answer to that? *blankstare* Why the blank stare you may ask. Because this child wanted to take the lessons in the first place. He promised to practice everyday so that he could become a decent cellist, AND we’re paying monthly for cello rental. Several months in fact that he DID NOT practice – so he owes me for it.

Shake your heads in disgust if you will, but I’m going to get my money’s worth.

So, fast forward to this week. Every night I have required a full hour of practice from the Cellist. One fully hour. Tonight, he got a bit flippant, so now he is practicing until I tell him to stop. I know that it sounds cruel, but I am secretly hoping that the next time we come to this fork in the road, he will remember in fear the time in which he had to practice a cello from seven in the evening until eleven in the evening with a FULLY hormonal, pregnant whale of a mother.

Oh, I hope he remembers. And I hope that he lets the twizzlers know that his mom is slightly off her rocker.


  1. Cosmopolitan Kids says:

    I was the cellist. Eek. Well the pianist. I begggged to play piano. I mean – kicking and screaming to play. My mother got me a keyboard and lessons and I wanted to quit. She forced me for awhile and then she let me quit. I wish she hadn't…


  2. Denise says:

    Ah, kids… One minute they want to be an astronaut, thent he next they want to hunt for dinosaurs.

    Alicia Keys' mom made her continue the piano, even after she wanted to quit, and look where it landed her? You did the right thing.

  3. N. Nicholes says:

    Thanks so much for the responses! He has no other choice. This is the ONLY required thing that we have. All other extra curricular activities are up to him. This will stay until he moves out of our abode!

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