Friday, April 15, 2005

File Under: Things I Just Can't Sacrifice or You're Never Too Young to Be Embarassed By Your Mother

Juliana hates it when I sing in the car. Not just a little bit, but a LOT. She also complains that the music is too loud all the time even when the speakers are turned off in the back and the volume is way low. Yesterday, I drove to Rockford to meet Sarah and her daughter Julianna (with two n's!) at Alpine park and there is just no possible way I can be in the car for an hour with no music. There are also only so many renditions of B-I-N-G-O or Old McDonald I can take in one sitting. So I popped in one of my mix cds with a bunch of my favorite songs (which strangely have been the same songs for going on ten years now) and attempted to drive and keep my mouth shut.

Basically, I discovered that is physically impossible for me to listen to music while driving and not sing along. I kept forgetting and belting out the chorus to Liz Phair's "Polyester Bride" to which Juli would yell, "MO-OM! STOP. COPYING. THE RADIO!!!". So I would try again to quiet down and end up mouthing the words to myself and banging my hands on the steering wheel while bopping my head back and forth. I never fully realized what an intergral part to driving yelling along like a weirdo to the music was until I was forced to stop. I can not just sit and listen to the likes of Ani Difranco, Tori Amos and Concrete Blonde. I can't do it. So I cheated a bit and sang quietly when I thought she wasn't paying attention and got away with it for the most part with only a couple of reprimands. I don't think I really sound that bad, but of course that's just me. :-)

We're definitley going to have to do something about this.


  1. She'll survive. My parents listened to far weirder music. :) Wait... maybe *that* is my problem. :)
    It was great getting to see you again. Your girls are such dolls. Maybe if mine ever stops running around, she'll be a nice little girl too. ;)

  2. Awwwww. She already IS a nice, sweet little girl! Juliana used to run around non-stop when she was that age too. In fact, most of the time she still does! I simply lucked out with Ava. I don't know what I did. :-)