My baby got up and went to high school today. Just yesterday she was a little girl who I played peek-a-boo with, took for rides on the merry-go-round, spent hours playing dolls with, then spent countless hours cleaning her barf off my shirt while trying not to think about it being barf. She was always barfing on me. Now my baby is a grown up 13-year old who throws fast balls, speaks Spanish and knows calculus, and has secret meetings with me at Cinnabon (no more barfing). And by my baby, I mean the one Karen had almost 14 years ago. Karen is way sadder than I am today. She's now the mom of a teenager in highschool and I am still the cool aunt. The homeschooling era is over.
I wondered how Karen was going to adjust to her new life of being a very busy lawyer, writer, author, mom, wife, and sister now that she doesn't also have to be teaching math, English and science at the same time. Karen got started on her own new project this morning: finding all the sad mom songs on youtube. I couldn't really fault her for this because my mornings alone usually start by finding all the hot Eddie Vedder songs on youtube. Karen's pity party this morning started with a triple play of Marianne Faithfull's version of Ballad of Lucy Jordan. Ahhh, very sad indeed. We had to compare it to Dr. Hook's version, too. We like Marianne's better. That wasn't really sad enough. We moved on to Helen Reddy and You and Me Against The World. That's pretty damn sad... normally. The addition of Kermit The Frog in the video just made it extra LAME. Moving on. Sinead's This is To Mother You is really fucking sad. So, so, sad. While I wiped the tears away, I started thinking about Dr. Hook again and their really sad song, Sylvia's Mother, so I searched for that. I was really surprised to see a little photo of Jon Bon Jovi pop up! Karen's crush singing one of her favorite sad songs? NO WAY! I sent her the link and waited.
If Jon Bon Jovi calls for me, you better give me the damn phone!!
No way, I'll say I AM YOU!
Tell us your favorite sad songs while we wait for Jon Bon Jovi to call Karen.
**UPDATE** School is out and our girl said it was a good day! She made friends, had lunch with people, and nothing bad happened. Karen's off to pick her son up from his first day at middle school.
We've watched that Bon Jovi video about 25 times.
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