Re: Your parent's attitude towards your drumming
Other than my grandfather being a fine bag-piper,(awesome) there was little music in my family. I believe I'm the first within a few generations. Arts in general however, were always encouraged, especially by my mother who is also very artistically inclined. My grandmother who passed away recently bought me my first guitars, and I will forever be grateful of that assistance when I was young and couldn't afford anything. Sometimes wish I'd kept at the strings and practiced more, but the call of percussion was just too great after I saw how awesome it could be to jam on drums.
I've noticed that in "musical families" a lot of times, melodic instruments get priority... Drums get a bad wrap sometimes as a simple instrument (that also happens to be loud)...