Sigh…

“Who’s that?” my student asks, pointing to a picture of Ethan near my desk.

“That’s my son.”

“He plays bass”… Its a Fresno picture of him with a bass drum…

“He did,” I say flatly. “It messed up his knee and his back.”

“Looks like a 5… like the end of the bass line.” he opines.

“Yeah, he liked the big drum.”

“Is he still in band? What’s he doing now?”
“He played melophone his last year… he’s gone now… dead.”

“Oh, Foster, I’m sorry…”
“Nah, it’s okay… it’s why I have that photo there…”

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