Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Bojan's hands...need ideas
Okay, I'll be brief. I know you're all excited about that. Bojan wants to join the band. I think that's fantastic. Warren & I were both in band in high school & I went on to play w/ the Marching Pirates in college. Now, I know you all know that Bojan is missing his right leg & has a clubfoot on the other leg. I've never really spoken of his hand issues b/c I never gave it much thought as he's adapted so well. But now it is indeed an issue that we have to figure out. Here's what Bojan's hands look like:
These are both his hands. So, the one on the left is his right hand.
This is Bojan's left hand. As you can see, shortened digits. There is some webbing but not too bad. The 2 fingers were fused but separated early in his life in Serbia. No nails for most the fingers but that shouldn't effect anything in regards to instruments.
Bojan's right hand. Ring finger missing as you can see. Now, this pretty much eliminates quite a few woodwind instruments as you need all fingers for them. He originally wanted to play the flute or clarinet. I played flute & know he can't do that one. Nor the clarinet. I know percussion but honestly, I will have 10 kids, 4 "littles", 2 dogs, & enough noise already. LOL. Plus, I think the other kids would want to band them. However, Bojan hasn't shown an interest in drums. Let me know what you all think. He's leaning toward trumpet which would be great.
I know Bojan will practice. He is also musically inclined unlike his sibs. That's not to be mean. It's being honest. Each one has their own talent but Bojan is clearly the only musically inclined one we have so I'd love to encourage this. Max is into art as is Nik so we really encourage those two in their talents. Alex loves sports so he does running club & we support that. Alyona has not found her "niche" yet but she's getting there. Yana wants to do track this coming year so I think that is fantastic. Irina is athletic. Anyhow, I do feel Bojan would excel at band. Just need to make sure I find the right instrument given his hand deformities. They all function fine. But, some will not be able to reach the holes. Hope that all made sense. Need some input. Thanks.