Intriguingly, my learning to play the mandolin was initiated by my toddler son. We took him to a bluegrass festival when he was about 20 months old and it ignited his passion for music. We have a mandolin that my wife purchased before we were married and another that was given to me; and after our toddler saw and heard bluegrass music he was constantly asking me to play music with him on the mandolin. Unbeknownst to him, I had never played an instrument. At first, we would pull out the mandolins and sit and "play". Both of us blindly strumming and making a racket. After doing this for a little bit, I started to realize that if I was going to be spending time "playing" mandolin with my son, why not actually learn some chords so we could actually play the mandolin a bit? So began my journey of discovery and enjoyment of both music and the mandolin. I have been playing mandolin for a couple years now and I am having a blast soaking up as much as I can and trying my best to get it to come back out my fingers.