I don't recall if I posted on this or not so I guess I'll just share it lol. I was asked over the winter by our local high schoool band director if I'd be interesting in being his Assistant Marching Band Director for this summer/fall season. Of course I told him heck yes! I have been given the position and the supplemental teaching contract that goes along with it. Music is part of me, it's who I am along with being an alcoholic, a dad, husband, friend, son and servant. So needless to say, I am thrilled that I'll finally be doing "what I am supposed to be doing," teaching music to kids. And the really great thing is that I will be paid to do so.
There is a little down side in that this will create a very busy, hectic schedule for me this fall with all the boards I sit on, and meetings I attend with my job running the chamber of commerce. So, as I have begun to talk to my family, pray and evaluate my volunteering commitments and so forth I've decided that I will have to step down as Cubmaster of our local Cub Scout Pack in August once marching band realy takes off. So yesterday I let the appropriate couple of people know that I am going to be stepping down and I think they've seen it coming. People ask me all the time when I sleep and how many things I am involved with so I've obviously got too much going on, lol. Someone accused me the other day of running for office lol.
I have enjoyed scouting, working with the boys. But I have to say that there is a good bit of relief as I look forward to leaving all of the drama behind. There are some very troubling personalities within the adult leadership and I cannot say that I will miss that at all!
As I mentioned before, along with being an alcoholic and all the other important things about me, I am also to my core, a teacher and a musician. I believe God has blessed me with a musical gift (no, not Carnegie Hall/prodigy type gift) and a gift and love for teaching and helping kids grow. I had stopped playing and teaching professionally and amature-ly as my drinking and drugging got really bad back in 1994. I got sober in 1996 and didn't play regularly again until probably about 2006. It took me that long to reconcile with myself over "throwing away" a solid teaching and playing career. It's been difficult "getting back on the horse," feeling like I let myself down, like I let God down and so forth. Today, right now, I am scared to get this deep back into it but at the same time, I am excited and grateful. A really awesome thing about this growth in AA that's come to me is that we bought my son a trombone with some Christmas money and I am teaching him how to play it and he's interested in it.
AA works miracles and restores people to who they really are. I am so grateful.