They’re doing the mambo on the dance floor of my brain; Musings of a MusicianMom, Op. 2 no. 5Don’t misunderstand, I love parenthood, and wouldn’t have missed it for the world.However, Musician Mom has a very full schedule which leaves very little unallocatedruminating time. I’m the type who needs to ponder when confronted with aquestion or dilemma. Some times wisdom needs to stumble around a few timesbefore springing into my consciousness, next to this week’s grocery list and thebaseball rehearsal schedule for March.I figure there is an actual “ruminating room” in my brain, akin to the “SituationRoom” in the White House. A place where a group of things are stewing andfestering, sloshing about like oversized bath towels in a Sears Kenmore front-loading washer, maybe even doing a rhumba or a samba. Eventually each one risesto the surface of my consciousness and pulls that little beaded chain, lighting up thebulb that hangs over my head. However, Musician Mom seldom has the leisure timethese days to sit down with a cup of tea and concentrate on any one of these littlebobbers. I have to file them away and go about my business while they take care of themselves.Sometimes these are global issues, but most often they’re along the lines of “whatam I gonna get Ma for her birthday,” “how do we get BigBro to take a shower everynight,” “when in the world am I not going to play for two consecutive days so I canchange that shredded A string,” and “why in the heck did Beethoven put all thosetempo changes in the finale of the Op. 18 no. 6 quartet?”I can see what’s happening up there right now in the dark recesses of my allegedbrain.(knocking)Dilemma A: Who’s there?B: I’m a dilemma. HQ told me to report here.A: We’re full; we got 6 dilemmas in here already. Come back later after someonegets resolved.C: For crying out loud, A, this is not short-term memory! We got room in here for atleast a dozen. Let him in. Who do you think you are, the bouncer at Studio 54?B: (walking in) Hey, thanks. I’m “when do we replace the showerhead.” Who areyou?C: I’m “do we drain the hot water heater, or buy a new one.” Nice to meet ‘ya!Come in and take a load off.B: How long you been here?C: Oh, I been here about three weeks, but that’s unusual. Usually we move out of here in 5-7 days. Sometimes sooner. Just depends on what her deal is at themoment, how many of us are hanging around in here.