While taking stock of my closet this weekend, I count three t-shirts and one sweatshirt. They declare me as a “band mom” or “trumpet mom.” I’m picking up two more high school marching band shirts next week.
When people ask me what I do beyond the roles of wife and mother, lately the answer has been this: “I teach one class a semester, write blog posts, go to the gym, and volunteer.”
For people outside of the church, the term “volunteering” makes more sense than “serving in a calling,” especially when I’m working with the cub scouts right now. However, I’m also supporting my daughter by volunteering as a booster for the marching band.
But I’m not volunteering with every one of her extra-curricular activities. My daughter participates in various plays and musicals at the high school and in the community. She build sets, works with props, or plays in the theater orchestra. She also plays in the band that accompanies the high school show choir. I feel guilty about not being a theater mom and a show choir mom. I do very little except drive her to rehearsal and watch one performance. I’ve never bought a theater or show choir t-shirt.
But I accept multiple assignments with the marching band. Why? It does take up more of her time than all her other extra-curricular activities put together.