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Children should try other hobbies

Children should try other hobbies

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August is just around the corner. Young people are probably swim and ice cream weary. It is an opportune time for families to challenge bored youngsters to a new hobby, a butte to climb, a musical instrument of interest, finish an album, visit a nearby museum, whatever.

Five decades ago my nearly 6-year-old son experienced that kind of weariness. A newspaper ad about group piano lessons for preschool children caught my attention. I signed him up for a two-week class. The lessons continued until he was a high school sophomore, when he chose football practice over piano.

Was it a loss? I don't think so. He married a girl with musical talents. Sometime in August my grandson will graduate from a music college. Maybe, just maybe, I will attend yet another piano concert, my very favorite instrument.

Betty Naaden, Bismarck

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