September 22, 2008 7:12 am
I have mixed feelings about my love for country music, yet I will admit that I am a fan. It took me a long time to learn to like it, I used to mock it and think it was only for country folk. I live in Florida which isn’t really the south, and I don’t have an accent. I’ll admit that I was wrong and people from all walks of life can appreciate country music. Country isn’t my only music taste though, I’ve been known to like rock, classic rock and heavy metal as well. Jamie marvels at how I can turn on a country station and know every word to every song. I’m not sure why I actually do since I rarely listen to country, but I do and that’s ok.
Awhile back, I was driving down the road and I heard a song come on the radio that gave me chills. I must have been feeling particularly cheesy that day, but it really made me appreciate parenthood. I went home and Googled the song and listened to it a few more times. The song “You’re Gonna Miss This” was by Trace Adkins and is basically about how you get caught up in the everyday battles of parenting and don’t take the time to appreciate what you’ve got. Here’s the video if you haven’t seen it:
Trace Adkins was on last season’s Celebrity Apprentice and we really liked him . The dude is fucking HUGE, he’s 6’6″ and tough looking. Despite his mean look, he comes across as very sincere and polite, which is why he made an impression on us. The radio stations continued to play Trace pretty much EVERY OTHER SONG and although I still liked the song, it was getting a little old. When we watched Nashville Star over the summer and they played Trace at the end of every episode, I finally decided that I hated the song.
This past month has been less than stellar in the parenting department. Graham has been battling a cold and a pretty bad ear infection and our frequent trips to the doctor have been terrible. Today Elliot got diagnosed with an ear infection as well and Jamie and I are pretty much running on empty from lack of sleep, a crying baby and a whiny toddler. Graham has been under the weather for awhile now and releases his frustration by whining and throwing tantrums. He does it WAY more around me than he does for Jamie and I’m baffled by it since we both have the same approach to parenting and neither of us is “softer” than the other on discipline. I have a hard time dealing with the fact that it’s only me he whines at and I tend to take it personally even though I know I shouldn’t. I appreciate him wanting to share his feelings with me but good God, the kid has spent the last week screaming in my face. I’m so over it.
Tonight I ran to the store to get Elliot’s prescription while Jamie stayed home with the kids. When I came home, Graham was in his high chair eating dinner, perfectly happy. He saw me and started WHINING at me, for no apparent reason other than I was breathing the same air he was. I threw my hands up and asked Jamie what I had done to set him off and we both had nothing. I went into the other room and came back to hear that fucking song on the radio. “You’re gonna miss this, you’re gonna want this back, you’re gonna wish these days hadn’t gone by so fassssssst.” Jamie was smirking and singing it to me while Graham continued to whine. Turns out he had turned it on in an effort to provide comic relief to our stressful week but I was none too overjoyed to hear it. I had to laugh as I looked around at Graham whining and Jamie singing the damned song that was supposed to make me appreciate moments like this. That’s when I decided to hunt Trace Adkins down and punch him in the nads.
Note: I do not condone violence towards Trace Adkins in any way. I actually kind of like the guy, we even gave money to his charity because we were so impressed with his plight to earn money for it when he appeared on Celebrity Apprentice