A few Thanksgivings ago, I was invited to dinner with local Floridians.
Have you ever been to the parade? The hostess asked, with it on the living room TV, knowing I was from New York.
No, I said, mistakenly.
Then I remembered, I marched IN the parade when I was 14!
I was in the marching band in 9th grade. We competed with other schools and were selected to go to New York City to be in the parade.
In 10th grade I didn’t think it was cool enough. Carrying the clarinet cramped my style and my locker. I hated the marching band outfits, especially the hats, and practice conflicted with my new boyfriend’s lunch period.
I was good at it. I qualified for New York State level concerts in both chorus and clarinet.
I was wondering what could have been, if I continued playing the clarinet, xylophone and singing. After all, Pat Benatar came from Lindenhurst 🙂
So I bought a keyboard and a Bundy, some sheet music.
I am also taking a stab at writing, songs, in addition to memoirs.