Originally Posted by AlphaLexman
the ln -s ... post got me a folder in my home directory like this --
one more nested folder than i am looking for. Maybe a little tweak to the command line?
Why do you want an underscore? I feel like we're not communicating something here. If it's one too deep, remove the link and do it again. The link is like a copy command - you want "this" file linked "there". You don't need a special directory to contain the link. If you want ~/Music/Artist and the source has the structure /path/Music/Artist, then 'ln -s /path/Music ~/Music'. If you want ~/_/Artist (for whatever reason), then 'ln -s /path/Music ~/_'.
If you want the wife and son to have access, they should also have home directories with unprivileged accounts and can have links made in their home directories.
The problem with lutusp's method is that it only works from that link on that desktop. A filesystem symlink will work in every desktop, every file manager, and from the command line.
But if this is a "permanently mounted" removable drive, so to speak, then it should readable by them wherever it is. If the objective is simply to have a handy way to get it then, as GrapefruiTgirl suggests, there are multiple ways to achieve that. Unfortunately, many of those methods have the inverse problem of only working from the shell.