Umar Has It

Adele, Rumor Has It came on the radio this morning.

Favorite Thing #492: Hearing a song that prompts memories I forgot all about.

I’ve never held back when it comes to belting out songs in the car… and that certainly did not change after I had my little man-monster.

When my now 8 year old, was younger we were having a jam session to Adele

[oxymoron, kinda]… 

When it was over he innocently asked me:

Mama…what do you think Umar has?’

All along, he thought we were singing Umar has it. 

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I’m not one for ending fun conversations, so I played along for a while; we went over the plethora of possibilities of things that Umar might have.

Cinnamon Rolls, Trucks, A tummy ache, Legos, Books, An awesome mom……………

The list went on for quite some time.

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“Um, Your Son Just Said The ‘N’ Word…”

I’m sorry…

what did you say?

I am staring back at a young boy, who is hired by the service I pay to watch my 1st grader after school as if he’s speaking in a foreign language.

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Dead locked. He’s serious.

Normally, my interactions with this kid (not mine – the kid watching my kid) are pleasant & I’d take his word for it, however, nearby there is a group of children… maybe 12 years old?

They are very cool. Like, the coolest kids on the block. They have this song…

…blaring out of their too cool for school phones, or ipads… whatever…

So, I break this stare down & say, “Do you think it might be, because that song is playing?”…

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No.

That’s what he says to me. No. In my head, I am shaking him violently

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…but I’m calmly just staring at him while this tune plays…over & over & over.

I took my kid, walked into the school & grabbed the secretary. Call me a tattle-tale, or say that I “went all mom“…[it wouldn’t be the first time I did.]

There was a community rummage sale going on in the gymnasium – which would explain the plethora of children outside. I was explaining what has all happened up to this point and let me tell you, this woman means business, not just this time, but all the time.

Her eyebrows furrowed and we marched out there together. I sent my kid over to the car with his dad…because, as much as this is necessary – my plan is not to embarrass my own – just the cool kids.

The same song is playing… I can still hear it as we walk up. She very sternly stands with her hands on her hips & I follow her lead.

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[This is the Secretary]

THIS IS A CHILDREN’S PLAYGROUND! TURN THAT MUSIC OFF.

IF YOU KIDS ARE NOT PLAYING BASKETBALL – GET OUTTA HERE! 

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[This is me]

We then strutted away like the bad-ass grownups we are.

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I look dumb.

Bennett ran into his friend at a super cool, [loud-not-annoying-at-all] kids event we took him to last weekend.

[I’ll spare you the details]…

This friend of his pointed at me and asked my son if I was his mom.

She looks dumb.

When my kiddo was telling me this, I could see he was worried. He asked if it hurt my feelings & I very matter-o-factly told him …

I am very aware that I’m not dumb – someone’s words do not make me feel bad about myself.

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Who knew being called dumb by an 8 year old would result in such a nice lesson.

I’m glad we had that talk.

TLC – Waterfalls [I was 10]

I was 10 when this song came out.

My son will be 10 in 2 years.

I jammed to this.

A lonely mother gazing out of her window
Staring at a son that she just can’t touch
If at any time he’s in a jam she’ll be by his side
But he doesn’t realize he hurts her so much

But all the praying just ain’t helping at all
‘Cause he can’t seem to keep his self out of trouble
So he goes out and he makes his money the best way he knows how
Another body laying cold in the gutter
Listen to me

Don’t go chasing waterfalls
Please stick to the rivers and the lakes that you’re used to
I know that you’re gonna have it your way or nothing at all
But I think you’re moving too fast

Little precious has a natural obsession
For temptation but he just can’t see
She gives him loving that his body can’t handle
But all he can say is “Baby, it’s good to me.”

One day he goes and takes a glimpse in the mirror
But he doesn’t recognize his own face
His health is fading and he doesn’t know why
Three letters took him to his final resting place
Y’all don’t hear me

Don’t go chasing waterfalls
Please stick to the rivers and the lakes that you’re used to
I know that you’re gonna have it your way or nothing at all
But I think you’re moving too fast

Come on

I seen a rainbow yesterday
But too many storms have come and gone
Leavin’ a trace of not one God-given ray
Is it because my life is ten shades of gray
I pray all ten fade away
Seldom praise Him for the sunny days

And like His promise is true
Only my faith can undo
The many chances I blew
To bring my life to anew
Clear blue and unconditional skies
Have dried the tears from my eyes
No more lonely cries

My only bleedin’ hope
Is for the folk who can’t cope
With such an endurin’ pain
That it keeps ’em in the pourin’ rain
Who’s to blame
For tootin’ ‘caine into your own vein
What a shame
You shoot and aim for someone else’s brain
You claim the insane
And name this day in time
For fallin’ prey to crime
I say the system got you victim to your own mind
Dreams are hopeless aspirations
In hopes of comin’ true
Believe in yourself
The rest is up to me and you

Don’t go chasing waterfalls
Please stick to the rivers and the lakes that you’re used to
I know that you’re gonna have it your way or nothing at all
But I think you’re moving too fast

And now I’m a grown up… & I don’t want my kid to listen to music anymore.