That's My Anthem
Posted on Tuesday, January 26, 2010 — Listed under Daily Grind
The other night my husband came home from work singing/chanting “Oh my MOMMA, oh my HOOD, I look FLY, I look GOOD, I look FLY, I look GOOD….”
I stared at him for a minute while he continued his rap revelry and then I said, “Now … what was that?”
“That's my anthem, yo!” he declared tossing his hands into the air. And then he strutted off down the hall throwing imaginary gang signs and chanting under his breath, “Cuz I look FLY and I look GOOD….”
And I thought, if “I Look Good” is my husband's anthem, then what is mine?
The first songs that popped to mind were nursery rhymes, but even as a full-time mom, I can't have my anthem be “This Little Pigge” or “I'm a Little Teapot” even if I look a lot more like a little piggie or a teapot than I did a few years ago.
But amidst the haze of my sleep-deprived brain, I just couldn't focus. So maybe my anthem should be the song “Sleep Deprivation”? That seems appropriate and fitting. I sat down on the couch to let that one sink in, but as I did I caught a look at myself in the mirror and noticed I was still wearing my pajamas though it was almost dinnertime. Not exactly classy, but maybe my anthem should be “Pajama Time” by the Philadelphia Chickens since that's what I spend 90% of my life in these days.
Hmmmm … this was beginning to get tricky. I could also choose “I Feel Crazy So I Jump in the Soup,” by Laurie Berkner since living with young children tends to make me feel semi-psychotic at least some of the time. Or I could choose, “I'm Gonna Catch You,” since that's what I find myself chanting repeatedly as I race around after a naked Diego wielding a pair of pants in one hand and a crumpled diaper in the other.
“Nasty” by Janet Jackson might be another good option, since that would be the ideal description of the state of my house, and most especially after Diego has decided to potty train himself directly on the living room carpet.
But “Losing My Religion” might be even more germane, since each day I manage to toss to the compost pile more and more of my pre-motherhood parenting ideals and succumb to the enormous lake of Cool Whip my life has actually become.
I surveyed the living room. It was a minefield of plastic toys, dirty clothes, drifts of sand from the backyard, discarded bananas and yogurt containers … is it just me or was this scene “Supernatural”? How had I let it get this bad? Or rather, who was I kidding? How did I live in this kind of disaster from day to day? Didn't I ever “Think of the Children?”
Just as I got down on my hands and knees to begin to unload the pre-chewed grapes that had been carefully stowed away in the furthest reaches beneath my couch, my boys ran into the room singing “Let's Get It Started.” They were dancing and singing their hearts out, whipping around and posing like mini-gangsters, hats cocked to the side, arms crossed in front of them, doing their own toddler versions of the latest hip-hop dance moves. Rock yo hips, scuba hop, head back, booty shake. They were smiling and laughing and looking at me for affirmation as they stomped, hopped, and jumped through the air.
And while they circled me, I could feel it rising like an engine, the rumbling motor, the thick smoke and slick grease. Their perfect love pounding like a heartbeat, a drumbeat, orbiting like the pulse of infinite space. And that's when I realized, I don't need an anthem, or a chant, or a jingle, or a cheesy soundtrack for my life. I just need “My Adidas” so I can at least try and keep up.
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We come out smeling like a poopy diaper and the men come out smelling like a rose or some other, more masculine, flower. Loved this post!!!
Comments by Bluesy NistaI love it! I was laughing as I read your post. I can totally empathize with the state of the house and chasing the naked toddler.
Monday, February 01, 2010 at 12:19:07 PM
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Saturday, January 30, 2010 at 7:39:17 PM
Comments by Jenny"Awake is the New Sleep"
Friday, January 29, 2010 at 4:12:52 PM
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Thursday, January 28, 2010 at 11:59:10 AM
Comments by BraeI agree, this was very clever. LoL! I have been thinking what my anthem should be for a good ten minutes now and the only thing that comes to mind is Rehab. Mmmm... I don't drink or smoke, and running after the children is as recreational I get, so it must be mental! No, No, No!
Wednesday, January 27, 2010 at 10:26:09 PM
Comments by VivianneAwesome post. Thanks for sharing.
Wednesday, January 27, 2010 at 8:25:50 PM
Comments by BeckyLove it! It's so true that you do completely lose your idea of what type of mother you would be when you have LOs - maybe that would be a good theme song for me, too. I love your posts. They always have such a great message at the end!
Wednesday, January 27, 2010 at 8:30:29 AM
Comments by Sarah C.My name is Janet Miss Jackson if you're Nasty!
Tuesday, January 26, 2010 at 7:42:44 PM
Comments by Unknown MamiBTW thanks for stopping by. I'm following you now.
Tuesday, January 26, 2010 at 5:41:03 PM
Comments by KimYour husband sounds just like mine. Dancing and singing around the house. lol Now you got me thinking of songs and "Hotdog Hotdog Hot Diggity Dog" keeps popping into my head.
Tuesday, January 26, 2010 at 4:47:13 PM
Comments by KimHAHA! Very clever with all the song titles. Whenever I'm pregnant, my husband is always found to be whistling "I'm a little teapot." It reminded me of that.
Tuesday, January 26, 2010 at 4:46:35 PM
Comments by BraeI don't have an anthem but I quote the movie "Twister" regularly....... "Debris, we have debris."
Tuesday, January 26, 2010 at 3:48:51 PM
Comments by rachLove this :) Is there a song called, "Please stop making so much noise, you're turning Mom into an alcoholic"? That'd be mine.
Tuesday, January 26, 2010 at 3:04:47 PM
Comments by LaraNow you see my living room looks exactly like that with a odd nappy thrown in for good measure. I think all mum/mom's anthem should be I survive especially when we have to do late nights/early mornings, sick covered children!
Tuesday, January 26, 2010 at 2:31:16 PM
Comments by BarenakedmummyYou are such a fantastic writer. Let's write a book together. You can be organic and I can be Cool Whip. Sigh...I can't even think of a good song. You're one up on me.
Tuesday, January 26, 2010 at 1:36:56 PM
Comments by Nancy CDina--thanks, love ya too!! Shelley--sorry to hear you've been suffering from headaches. TMJ is awful. EW--HAHAHAHAHAHAHA, you are hilarious. I wish I had thought of that one.
Tuesday, January 26, 2010 at 12:47:25 PM
Comments by NaomiOur current theme song around here is "Don't bite Your Friends" from Yo Gabba Gabba.
Tuesday, January 26, 2010 at 11:53:20 AM
Comments by existentialwaitressFunny :) I've been having such bad headaches lately (TMJ problems), that right now, my song is "Boom Boom Pow"!!!! Exactly what my head feels like ;P
Tuesday, January 26, 2010 at 11:40:03 AM
Comments by ShelleyLove it!!! I hear ya! Keep rockin' Sista! =)
Tuesday, January 26, 2010 at 11:02:05 AM
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Tuesday, January 26, 2010 at 10:57:14 AM
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