It doesn’t happen very often.  Not that I’m complaining because I love performing, but having two days off this time was more special because I was able to spend time with my family.  I don’t have the opportunity to spend to many holidays with them, so this was a true treat.

I love my nieces and nephews.  And yes, I’m even old enough to have great nieces and nephews!  Since my oldest sister is so much older than me I was an uncle at the ripe old age of 9.  And now, at 47 my oldest nephew is 38.  He’s more like a brother to me than a nephew.  He and his wife have been married the same amount of years as my wife and I.  And it’s always fun to spend time with them.  They have three wonderful children who I adore!  I hadn’t seem them in a little over two years and my goodness how they’ve grown!  Not only do they look older but they’re definitely acting a little older too!  The grow up so fast!  I had a great time with my sisters too, but one thing in particular was the highlight of my vacation days.

My 8-year old great niece Kendall has been bugging her dad to learn how to play guitar.  And since I took my axe with me, I figured it was important for me to play it for her.  She was enthralled by it.  So, I put my guitar on her lap and we started her first lesson.  What a thrill it was to see her little mind working out the rhythms I tried to teach her.  The typical down, down, up, up, down, up folk strum seemed daunting at first but within 15 minutes she had it.  She even held her hands properly!  I was floored.  As she was seated on a stool in front of me, she continued to strum the guitar.  She wasn’t playing chords of course, but I decided to play chords as she was strumming away.  And we made some great music!  Her mom came over and was amazed at how quickly she picked up the strumming.  It filled my heart with such joy!  Shortly afterward, her Dad and I were on the internet looking at guitars for her.  Within minutes of teaching her I knew she was a natural.  It reminded me of teaching my step-son Christopher four chords when he was young and he took to it just the same way.  I can’t wait to see how she progresses.  I know she’ll be great!

Man, I love music.  Even more, I love making music.  And when that can be shared with others it’s a beautiful thing.  My whole mini-vacation was filled with music.  Whether it was listening to Boston and Styx as Easter dinner was being prepared or singing songs with my sisters in the car music filled the air.  And now it looks like another family member will be making music too!  I’m proud of all my family and especially my great niece Kendall Jo.  Heck, before long she’ll be better at the guitar than I am!  And I’m looking forward to that happening!