Friday, February 6, 2009

19 Ways She Loves Me

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How much does my teenager love me? Let me count the ways: Jason Mraz, Hoobastank, Avril Lavigne, Chris Brown, The Fray, Natasha Bedingfield . . .

Last weekend, I got an early Valentine from my teenager, and it surprised the hell out of me, to be honest. (I haven't received a Valentine from her in, well, NEVER!) While she was at her father’s house for the weekend, she made a CD for me featuring 19 handpicked songs that she thought I would like. Mom Music, she called it. (The last thing she ever made me was a macaroni necklace way back in Kindergarten. I still have it!)

To fully appreciate the selflessness of this gesture, you have to understand that my teenager and I hardly ever see eye-to-eye when it comes to music. In fact, we fight about music in the car constantly. I yell at her to turn off the rap crap. She berates me for listening to Cher ( I LOVE Cher! “Do you believe in life after love . . .").

“Follow the music into the light, Mom,” she pleads. “Right into the 21st century.”

What touched me most of all was that the songs she picked were DEAD ON perfect! They were exactly the songs that I would be listening to had I not been stuck in a musical time warp.

As I played each song, unwrapped each gift, my tween in the backseat yelled over all the beautiful music, “THESE SONGS ARE TOO SLOW!” To which her sister spun around in the front seat like Linda Blair in "The Exorcist" and snapped back in my defense,“Shut up! It’s mom’s CD and she likes it slow!”

Ahhhh . . . she knows me. She really knows me!

That CD with the 19 “I Love You’s” burned into it is now my new favorite thing. Goodbye Credence Clearwater. So long, Cher. Thanks to my teen, I am moving on, into the light.

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GeminiWisdom said...

I'm not really a big fan of any of those people, but Jason Mraz has a song out now called "I'm Yours" (I think that's the name of it) that I really like.

Miss Informer said...

i prefer motown myself. although your kids may consider me a freak for listening to that type of stuff. lol

Lynn said...


Can I call you by your first name? That Jason Mraz song that you like so much is my ring tone. My teen downloaded it for me because I am hopeless at that stuff. I get nothing but smiles from people when my phone rings. But I wonder what will happen when people stop liking that song. I guess my teen will have to change my ringtone.

Lynn said...

Miss Informer,

I am with you -- Motown all the way! I LOVE the Jackson 5 back when they were just kids and Michael wasn't such a freak. And when Diana Ross sings "Ain't No Mountain High Enough," I want to run naked through the streets, that's how deeply it affects me. But my favorite Motown tune of all time is "Just My Imagination" by . . . oh, darn, I forgot who sings that! Does anyone know??