I want my girls to do well in school and work hard so they don’t make the same mistakes I did. My oldest daughter is interested in playing an instrument, a flute, and I want her to be able to. But man, flutes dude, they cost!
My mom played the flute and my sister played the flute. My mom had this one flute, a Bundy (that’s the brand name, not Al Bundy). She gave it to my sister who played it until she got a better one. My sister kept the Bundy for marching band, she said. The Bundy now was given to my daughter who has been trying to play it. When we took the Bundy to a music store, the guy said that the flute is on crutches (my sister agreed) and said that the thing is crooked! He recommended getting my daughter a new one that’ll be easier to play.
I made sure my daughter was interested first. We waited awhile, but she is definitely interested and so we got her a student flute for an insane $800. The Bundy will be saved for marching band. The guy at the music store said my daughter can take her new flute (that he cleaned and fixed up) to the end of junior high. Then she could trade it in for an intermediate flute. The intermediate flutes have open holes and should be diamond and gold encrusted for their cost of $1,500 (which my sister keeps saying is a normal price for that kind of flute). We would actually just do that now, but we can’t afford it (especially since I got a $100 ticket for blowing a red light).
We’ve got a few years to save now for the intermediate flute expense and we’ll make sure she’s still interested before spending the $1,500! Totally free education in public schools? Ha!
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