Me: Do you have something I can take apart?
Kevin: Can you fix an M.E. Super?
Me: I don't want to fix something. I just want to take it apart.
I wasn't one of those kids who took stuff apart to see how it worked. If I wanted to know, I looked it up or asked someone. That seemed safer and less troublesome, but also sort of boring. When I have kids, I might almost encourage them to take stuff apart, as long as the stuff won't shock, maim, kill or bloody them. So tonight, I guess to get a head start on being a parent who facilitates hands-on learning, I took apart and reassembled a trumpet. I took off the mouthpiece, valve caps, the tuning slide, spit valve, water key and a whole bunch of stuff I don't know the names of. Before I reassembled it, Kevin taught me how to oil and reassemble the valves (even after I nearly lost one of the pads). Now I'm totally ready for my Tower of Power audition.