An unforgettable summer experience

I love the classics and have always been passionate about listening to them in concert. Being a student, I know how it can be expensive to go to one, so I decided to save up one summer. I did a lot of odd jobs just to allow me to experience one of the local orchestras.

I know it is strange for a teenage person like me to have the desire to go to a classical music event when most kids today go for rap and mainstream music. However, for me, it is all about the classics. Although I cannot explain it, I just know there is something intangible and so beautiful about the melody and the manner at which the classics are played that reaches me in ways nothing else ever has. Not like the music that we have today which fades as time passes and something that doesn’t last long, modern music has always seemed like a fad to me. Here today, gone tomorrow.

However, classical music is something that people will enjoy because this music has survived through hundreds of years, long after the composers have passed away. That means immortality to me and is something that I look for with every sound and beat that reaches me.

So during summer, I did a lot of odd jobs and convinced myself to save every little bit of my salary to reward myself with a ticket to The California Theatre. I know that the San Jose Symphony has several music repertoires during summer and I was committed to experiencing one of those.

For some time, I pursued a job at the local fast food chain and did it for several months. That gig allowed me to save a quarter of the total amount to buy a ticket. I did not want to ask my parents for this because I knew they were already struggling to keep up with the needs and wants of my other siblings. So, I told my parents that I wanted to earn money to buy the ticket, myself and my Dad just smiled mentioning something about character building and pride.  

The concert date was set in June, and finally, I was able to save the money to buy me a ticket. However, later at dinner, while eating, my father handed me a piece of folded paper and said he and my mom had a surprise for me. He stated that I worked so hard that they decided to surprise me.

When I tore the paper, I saw three tickets to the show.  What an amazing surprise!  Dad said that I could keep my hard earned money and buy myself something else. He wanted it to be a special night for me, and he and my Mother set off for what ended up being a night I will always remember.  As I lay in bed all I can think was the thrill of experiencing the concert.

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