Kiddo#2 is taking up percussion.
Before you ask if I’m insane, this is my reasoning, and the other principles in the story agree with me: Kiddo#2 has taken violin for a year now, but the school band, which begins in her current grade, does not allow for strings and no one (me, her, her violin teacher, nor the music teacher) thinks she should learn a new instrument.
Ergo: percussion. Will the musicians and the drummer please report to the stage?
The school works with a local music store (local = “twenty miles away”) for their instrument rentals, so I called asking about renting the percussion kit, and they directed me to their website. Fill out the form and they’ll bring it to the school.
On the form, just before my credit card information, they asked for the name of a relative who does not live in my home.
“Mom? Can I rent your granddaughter a musical instrument?”
You know what? I’ve done business with them before. I have to give them a credit card for the rental. If I run off with or destroy their instrument, they could charge my credit card. They could have the school withhold my daughter’s records or something like that. But I have lived on my own for sixteen years now and purchased two houses and managed my own finances all that time and I do not need my Mommy’s permission to rent a musical instrument.
There, I said it.
Yes, they might be afraid I’m going to skip town with their drum. Well, that’s why I had to fill out a rental agreement stating that they’d charge a superbly marked-up price for the drum kit if I did it. They should feel welcome to go ahead and do that.
And if I were devious enough to do all this to acquire a rented drum, do you really think I couldn’t come up with the name of an equally dishonest friend or relative who would answer their enquiries with “I’m sorry, she died”?
What do they think my mom is going to do if I keep the drum? Send me to bed without supper?
The online form wouldn’t go through without text in those boxes, so I filled out the form with “Mom” in the “who” field and “New York City” in the address field, and the number for directory assistance in the phone number column. Ten minutes later, I got an email confirmation that the percussion kit will arrive next week.
Let the games begin.