Writing Workshop: Rhythmically Challenged

June 3, 2011

3. Describe a talent or flaw that seems to be in your genes. Is it genetic to really have no rhythm whatsoever? I know my high school band teacher shook her head in dismay and disgust as I proved over and over again that I cannot keep a beat. I really had to work hard to keep up in marching band—I did not want to be that uber-goober marching the wrong way and out of step with everyone. Sometimes I gave up playing the flute just so I could keep counting the steps to the routine.  This served two purposes: I was in step and I wasn’t playing half a beat behind.

I can’t dance either. Yeah, the White Man Overbite is about it. You need rhythm for anything else more complicated. There is no shaking my money maker–the bank is broke.

I am thankful that DH is musically and rhythmically talented.

Higher math and I do not seem to be genetically compatible either. And there is a proved correlation between math and music I hear. You will not be able to convince me that “x” is anything but a letter. I have run into a lady, a walking genius, who assures me she has a tried and true way to help get over this roadblock. She said if she can get baseball players to understand math in baseball terms, all she has to do is find out what would work for me. I said I would call her if T1 needs tutoring but I’m not budging. “X” is a letter or a group of really good-looking mutants.

So DH has passed on his math and music genes to T1 and T2 as well. Again, music=math, math=music. T1 has her scores for her standardized tests and once again got a perfect on math and history. T2’s scores have not been posted. T1’s reading score (and I’ve ranted about this before) was her lowest in three years. While I am for personal responsibility—she could honestly read more and that would provide all the improvement she needs—but I question what she’s been taught. One week before school is out and she finally has a reading project due? Shouldn’t we have been doing projects like this all year long?

Summer “school” will include an hour a day of math with DH and at least an hour of reading a day. I’m not ready for middle school.

Writing Prompts:

1.) Six Word Memoir: Write about a significant time in your life in just six words.
2.) “One need not be a chamber to be haunted, One need not be a house. The brain has corridors surpassing material place”. -Emily Dickinson What haunts you?
3.) Describe a talent or flaw that seems to be in your genes.
4.) What are you passionate about?
5.) Comfort food at it’s finest. Share a family favorite recipe you loved as a child.

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6.) Create a video that shows what a typical day looks like at your house.

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  1. I’m out of sync and bad at math too!! There is a correlations and we prove it!! I also STILL have trouble with my left and right. Ssshhhh…don’t tell anyone. It is embarrassing.

    • I can’t do group exercise classes because I have to mirror the instructor rather than be opposite. It’s the same with exercise videos. Thankfully Digital Dance Revolution is set up for the same foot on the screen–my brain can handle that.

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