"I want to work my tail off in private lessons with Dan and try out for the BYU marching band drumline."
This on the heels of four first places in five marching band competitions this season.
Over the past year I've seen him stick with something hard and often unfun, during a messy transition between a band teacher he loved and one who was hired because he was the complete opposite. Even when almost all of his friends dropped out. I've seen him step up as section leader and take charge over a bunch of silly and inexperienced 14-year-olds. I've seen him have to work at something and taste the satisfaction that can come from hard-earned success.
I've seen him start to grow up.
Music to my momma ears.