Yesterday I was prepping for my short stint in Switzerland and France later this month. I rarely get out of my pajamas on my days off. I grabbed an acoustic and flipped open the laptop.

Within moments Judah joined me. He dragged in my first acoustic, demanded a pick, and sat down in his diaper.

Apparently it was his day off, too.

We played together for about 20 minutes. That’s a long sitting for a 2.5 year old.

And then the flashback began.

I used to do the same exact thing. Strumming the strings. Mesmerized by their motion, the tone. By the fact that I could produce sound from it.

And that I was being like my parents.

Replicating who we’re around is a part of our DNA. It’s nearly impossible to turn off.

Make sure you’re spending time around those you want to be like. Then make sure you’re the kind if person you want others to be like. ch:



Michael Hensley · 4 Oct ’11 at 12:53 pm

I used to do that with my dad’s guitar. He would finger chords and let me strum them. Now my daughter does the same when I’m playing. But now, she can do with my old Alvarez something I was not allowed to do with the classic ’48 Martin D28…she can hold it herself and just make noise. I find, sadly, that my patience is lacking for this noise and stop the jam short. Lord grant me patience to help her find her passions.

    Christopher Hopper · 4 Oct ’11 at 1:49 pm

    A ’48 D28? Dang.

    I grew up playing my mom’s ’76 D28 picked out for her by Phil Keaggy.

    I’m joining you with the prayer for patience. I praise God my parents let their little boy bang around on those drums. I’m living proof of what parent-empowerment can do.

Christian Fahey · 4 Oct ’11 at 2:05 pm

Nice…..and Judah’s baby brother looks as if he has the hands of a guitarist. The legacy continues. Yeah.

    Christopher Hopper · 4 Oct ’11 at 8:07 pm

    Yes! He’s got some lonnnnnng fingers for sure!

    Hey…heard thru the grapevine you’re making a long-overdue appearance onstage this Sunday! So stoked!

      Christian Fahey · 5 Oct ’11 at 12:30 pm

      Thanks bro. Glad to lend a hand. The teams are outstanding and I’m delighted to pitch in.

Billy Jepma · 4 Oct ’11 at 5:09 pm

He’s defiantly your son, I see great musical prowess in his future. 🙂

    Christopher Hopper · 4 Oct ’11 at 8:08 pm

    I just used “prowess” today, too! Great minds…

Beth Walrath · 4 Oct ’11 at 6:00 pm

Wow. Not only is he a drummer, but a guitar player too. I bet he is going to have an amazing voice too. He is blessed with awesome parents to be around.

By the way, I read this after I wrote my blog. It has it’s similarities. 🙂 I just didn’t have Judah to inspire it. 😉
Let me know what you think of it.

    Christopher Hopper · 4 Oct ’11 at 8:09 pm

    I loved your post, Beth! Your writing is improving, too. Tried leaving a comment but it wasn’t liking my iPad. Great stuff!

      Beth · 4 Oct ’11 at 10:45 pm

      Thanks, always appreciate any comment from you.
      Working on a new post tonight. Getting my self disciplined to write everyday. Someone once told me that was a good idea if I want to write books. 😉

Glade · 4 Oct ’11 at 8:19 pm

I take my hat off to Judah, and to anyone who can play an instrument. Kazoos are more my speed. That is so awesome! I’ll bet he grows to be an amazing musician!

    Christopher Hopper · 5 Oct ’11 at 6:38 am

    Keep him in your prayers as he grows! That means a lot.

    Power to the kazoo players!

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