Wednesday, June 26, 2013

a simpler time

Like most moms, I spend a lot of time in the car, even in the summer time.  My car stereo holds up to twenty-one preset stations.  Currently, I'm quite smitten with preset number ten, which is the forties on four (from Sirius xm).  There's something about the forties music that takes me to a lovely place.  In my mind's eye I'm sitting on the porch of a little white washed bungalow in a small southern town.  I'm wearing a cotton a-line dress with a simple floral print,  sipping a glass of fresh squeezed lemonade and watching the world go by.  Can you almost see the water beads condensing on the glass?  Of course I'm sipping that lemonade through a white straw with red stripes, and in the background, the voice of Frank Sinatra is crooning through one of those cabinet style radios. Sounds serene doesn't it?  It is.  I've always had a vivid imagination.  And for some reason, driving around the desert with the forties on four gives me a little reprieve from the carpool grind that sometimes makes me crazy.  And what do the kids think about my new music selection?  The conversation with Sierra went something like this, "What are you listening to???" My response, "The forties on four".  Her reply, "Why are you listening to this???" And all I could do was smile.  There was no sense in trying to explain it.  You have to be a mom to appreciate the beauty of this of occasional escape from reality.  Even if it's just in my mind.

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