I just read that Corinne Bailey Rae and Essence.com released this video a few days ago. I love this song. Glad she chose to do a video for it. This girl has the cutest smile. Although she doesn't smile much in the vid. I am lovin' the 70's disco Diana she's giving us here. Yes and ma'am. Love this.
I have been dropping him off at school for two weeks. Dropped him off for a two month period at a home daycare earlier this year. Didn't cry once. The difference between all those other times and today is that I didn't help him out of the car, hold his hand and walk him to his classroom. His new school is a strict Montessori school, which means that they stress detaching and independence blahblahblah. lol Parents are allowed to walk kids in for the first two weeks. After that we have to stall the car at the sidewalk as teachers and assistants do the honors. Of course my kid was fine. On the way there I had explained to him that mommy wouldn't go inside with him this time. Told him that Ms. Teacher Assistant was going to help him out of the car and that he would say bye-bye to mommy and go inside with the T.A. He said, "Ok."
When we pulled up, Ms. T.A. opened his door and they exchanged morning pleasantries. Another assistant opened the passenger side door and grabbed the nap mat, lunch box, diapers and clothes for the week. He sang a quick "bye-bye mama" from the sidewalk before both doors closed at about the same time. I moved my car up a bit and stopped at the end of the driveway to watch him enter the school with the two women. At first I used the rear view mirror, but then just like in the sappy first day of school commercials, I turned around in the car to watch him with my own eyes. His shoe had come off when Ms. T.A. took him out of the car. She helped him put it back on, held his hand and they all disappeared through the gates of the school. Tears.
I cried for about 5 minutes--about the length of my drive back home. When I told my husband what happened, all teary and emotional and feeling kinda silly, I asked him, "Why do women do that?" He said that's how God made women...moms...and that I shouldn't beat myself up about it. It is what it is. I'm not embarrassed or anything, just didn't expect to get emotional like that. I think him getting out and starting his day there without me just symbolized him not needing me as much anymore. I know he still needs me, I mean duh, but I really had a moment when he disappeared behind those gates without me.
I do get to go to his classroom to pick him up though. So I guess now I'll appreciate that moment more--when he's elated to see me and calls out to me and gestures to be picked up and hugged. As a stay at home mom, I don't get many of those moments. The boy saves up all that excitement for daddy when he gets home from work everyday. So now I get to be missed a bit too...get some of that extra loving in the afternoon. I make no apologies for my big mom-ego. :-D
I listen to a lot of soft rock and music from the 70's on the radio in my car and I'm in my car a LOT. As you guys know, I love to sing along to music. I'm tickled when I run across lyrics that are random, or silly, or don't make sense, and there is no shortage of those in soft rock and music from the seventies. Down Under by Men At Work is a random song in general. I have been singing along to it for years upon years and this morning, I found myself going, "what?" This song is FULL of random lyrics, but this verse is my favorite:
"Buying bread from a man in Brussels/He was six foot four and full of muscles/I said, "Do you speak-a my language?"/He just smiled and gave me a vegemite sandwich"
The video is pretty random too. Still, it's a very hard song not to sing along to.
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