I’ve heard so much about SSO Babies Prom since my first year as a mum. Yet I didn’t know how to get my hands on ’em tickets nor who to ask for help. Until one of my fave Mom bloggers – May from mmlittlee asked if I’d like to takeover her tickets as she couldn’t attend. Without even considering, I said YES. And that was how our first experience of the much talked about SSO Babies Prom happened.
The Husband & I were part of the generation whose mums insisted that learning music and in particular to play the piano was good for us when we were kids. Mum felt that it would train me to be more discipline while I thought she was secretly hoping that I’d be inspired and emulate her cousins who played the piano so well that they had performances at the Victoria Concert Hall. Thankfully apart from the theory exams which I dreaded, I did enjoy learning how to play my favourite songs from the various Disney movies over and over again! On hindsight, I wished I didn’t quit after passing my grade 5 practical exams just because I disliked having to practice examination songs 80% of the time. If only I continued learning solely for the interest. Then again, mum might have went “what a waste of money!” back then.
When the Husband & I started our parenthood journey, we reminded ourselves constantly that we wouldn’t force or put our kids through what we had to go through during our childhood. Liam attended kindermusik with love only after expressing interest and enthusiasm in his trial lessons, but sadly we couldn’t continue after he turned 16 months as I went back to work and the Husband wasn’t a fan of packing our weekends with classes in addition to Berries and Swim class.
While I did managed to enroll Liam in a trial class with MYC earlier this year – to which Liam seemed to enjoy himself – it was a shame that there weren’t any classes available for us to join and follow up with. So what really surprised both the Husband & I recently was that Liam would often pull us into music stores whenever we walk past one and started hitting the keys with whatever knowledge he could remember from his trial class at MYC. Still, we weren’t too sure if he was enthusiastic about it because he liked it enough or if it was a novelty…
And so, the morning of our first SSO Babies Prom adventure came and I was so excited that I made sure everyone was up 2 hours before showtime so that we wouldn’t be late. Somehow, the husband managed to royally piss me off with his sluggishness. It wasn’t till I snapped at him that it was 45 minutes to showtime and he had better get ready else don’t nag about how he often has to rush about from place to place (I was also concern about missing parts of the show), that he actually sprang into action. And then Liam had to have his only pair of covered shoes IN THE WASH just as we were leaving. I couldn’t believe it. I hastily texted and asked if slippers (the only alternative we had) would be okay, but was told that “shoes would be better” by at least 3 friends who were experienced SSO Babies Prom goers.
Next, I ran to the balcony, towel-dried whatever I could out of his soaked covered shoes, grab a pair of socks and made it my back-up plan. Yep, I had every intention to make my son wear thick socks and wet shoes to gain admission. The husband was in disbelief, but I wanted to respect the occasion and dress appropriately. And of course I also made a mental note that I’d make sure to get Liam more than just 1 pair of covered shoes before our next “nice” event. [Editor’s note: heh, I’ve since managed to snag a pair thanks to Black Friday Sale!]
Between the husband and I, needless to say I was frustrated enough to not talk to him while on our way as I ranted to some girlfriends over text that I should probably not ask him along to such events in future. When we parked at Parliament House at 11.03am (show was for 11am), I even sped-walk with Liam (till he went “mummy, I can’t keep up”), leaving the other 2 boys behind, worried that we would be denied entry. Turns out, we weren’t the only family that was late…*phew* and understandably so, we were quickly ushered in.
We walked into the Victoria Concert Hall to this…
A cheery conductor – Uncle Peter – was addressing the audience about the the different instruments of the orchestra in a very delightful manner. The sound of music calmed both the husband and my anger immediately that smiles just emerged as we occasionally glanced at each other while keeping our eyes and ears peeled to the stage. The kids – Liam and Ollie – were so drawn in with what was happening on stage that they went quiet for a bit…before Ollie started to clap along to the actions of Uncle Peter (the conductor) while Liam chuckled away. What a fun way to introduce music to kids!
No one fussed about kids sitting on the floor instead of their chairs, or jumping about, or getting overly excited with their claps and giggles. It was truly musical fun, as Uncle Peter kept the introductions to the various music segments short and engaging. “Come, let’s put our hands on our head and then our shoulders and then add in a clap! Can you do that?” or “Kids stand up, and come up to the side. Let’s march to some marching music”.
I was charmed by what was happening.
Some very lucky kids even had the chance to conduct the orchestra! It was amusing to watch how the orchestra would react according to how the kids conducted them. And towards the end, all kids were invited up on stage for the last 2 performing items – how inclusive! I even bump into one of my mummy-friends (@khookie on IG).
Sitting back in the Victoria Concert Hall again after so many years later – the last time being when I was still single, boyfriend-less, and there to watch a family member perform – brought back beautiful, nostalgic moments.
And then serendipity struck, a piano teacher whom we’ve been on the wait list for Liam texted that she managed to carve an available slot for Liam starting next year!
I definitely hope to make the SSO Babies Prom an annual event for the family!