Since I have been busy with swimming and our program, I haven’t been home a lot. This means I am missing out on a lot of Zaino “gems”. “Gems” are what he started calling his funny comments. So, I am going to share a story about Zaino from last year from around this time; however, it continues to be brought up. With family visiting over the last couple of months, we have been sharing this story with them.
For as long as I can remember, my dad as always played the harmonica. When I was younger, I remember him taking his harmonica out and playing at parties or in the car to a song. It has always been something I thought was so cool. I loved that my dad could just jam on his harmonica. I always used to ask him, “How do you know what to play?” He always responded, “I don’t! I just play what I feel!” This is so my dad; laid back, goes with the flow, and just likes to have fun!
Another thing about my dad is that when he finds something he likes or enjoys doing, he goes all out! He completely immerses himself in it. (There will be more posts about his obsessions later.) So, about a year and half ago he started immersing himself in actually learning to play the harmonica. He checked out blues albums from the library, bought harmonica books from www.amazon.com, found free tutorials online, and even Skyped with a harmonica instructor. Needless to say he was pretty busy actually learning to play the harmonica.
The reason he decided to learn to play the harmonica was because his work was holding a charity event for United Way. They formed a band and Zaino of course was the harmonica player. He started going to “band” practice weekly; needless to say he was MIA for about 6 months. I don’t know if my mom thought that was a good or bad thing, but Zaino loved learning to play the harmonica! I loved seeing my dad so excited about it!
Anyway, my Mom and I went to Chicago for the United Way charity event! My dad did amazing and all of his hard work paid off! Take a look at a short clip of him playing at the event!
Okay, let’s get into his “gems”. As soon as he got up on the stage, my mom and I were laughing hysterically. I knew he could play the harmonica, but I had no idea he could dance like that! I guess you learn something new everyday! He was totally in his element and loving every minute of it! At one point my mom said, “This must be what Zaino looks like without me!”
Since my family has been visiting, we had to show them his performance, so we popped in his DVD of the performance. I have never in my life heard my Nanny laugh so hard! We still die laughing every time we watch the DVD, including Zaino. My words do not give his performance justice, so I am going to let his performance do the talking. See for yourself what I learned that day about Zaino.
He still plays in gigs for work sometimes and he plays at family friends’ weddings. However, he has cut down on the Skype lessons and practice sessions down in his cave. (I hope it is not because I am in there now!) But, we do relive that day by periodically watching his DVD.
I guess lesson learned, you never know what Zaino will say or do!