I do not enjoy conversations with my children in the car.

Or more specifically, I do not enjoy conversations with my children in the car when Breakfast with the Beatles comes on the stereo. Or I stumble across a rare Muddy Waters song I’ve never heard before, or land smack dab in the middle of Stevie Wonder’s I Just Called to Say I Love You * – a song I’ve heard two million times before but still get the urge to turn it up, soak it in and sing aloud every time it starts to play. In which case, at least one of the three will take immediate note of my mounting enthusiasm for the song and find the quickest, surest way to cut it short.

Sometimes it’s a dire bathroom situation. They need to go. And they need to go NOW! Let’s talk about it.

Other times – most times, it’s a particular fact or abstract question they seem to remember they had rattling around in their head for some time and feel the need to suddenly express the long winded nature of it in the middle of these, their mother’s most beloved radio tunes. Debates raised about various superhero strengths and weaknesses, rambling tales about the worn out legends of Dogtown, new ideas for gluten free recipes. Philosophies regarding the moon vs. the sun, new evidence in the conspiracy theories surrounding Chupacabra.

Whatever the topic, it’s something that just can’t wait. Now matter how badly you plead, fingers lingering desperately around the volume control, hoping they might take pity on your apparent hunger for the sound of this one song, and kindly agree to set whatever it is they have spilling out of their mouths, aside for just 2 1/2 minutes short minutes.

Most times, it’s a losing battle.
But there are days. Days, when the volume goes louder. And louder. And louder still. And the children quieter. And the backseat tales of dire become finally silent. Mere mouthed reflections powering away in that tiny little rear view mirror, for as long as they might need to. Until Mr. Wonder is done and your heart feels full. And happy again. As only it should. In rush hour traffic. After two hours at swim practice.


*And please.
Can we all agree that this really is one of the top ten songs on the planet and should always been sung aloud, no matter the circumstances at hand?
Alright, tell us. What’s your ‘absolutely no interruptions’ song in the car?

11 Responses

  • I think kids go into panic mode when it appears mom might be giving attention to something else besides them haha!

    And this post is making me realize how badly I need to listen to something besides kids music in the car, turn it up and sing for all I’m worth. Teach em young how it goes!

  • We have so many ‘no interruptions in the car’ tunes! At a push though I guess it has to be ‘Romeo and Juliet’ by Dire Straits, ’50 Ways to Leave Your Lover’ by Paul Simon or ‘Sweet Child O Mine’ by GnR. All songs that were no interruptions car tunes for our parents. I wonder if they will be for our boys too?

  • Eric Burdon and War’s Spill the Wine. For sure… do not like when the kiddos want to chit chat during that song! Although I have them trained pretty well. Both my boys sing along to Bob Dylan and Sam Roberts, which are generally my two favorites.

  • Oooh, I like Maria’s choices and would have to say yes to all three of those. Also add What’s Up by 4 Non Blondes and Friday I’m in Love by the Cure.

  • The weight – the band
    Any traveling wilburys
    Bob dylan – forever young (acoustic) a serious turner upper cry fest
    We are blues freaks over here, it’s all getting blasted no matter what

  • This is totally unrelated to this post, but I’m looking for some advice that I thought might make a helpful post for those of us that are expectant moms. I am expecting my first (a little boy!) in October and my friends and family are requesting a registry of items that I might like or need for our little one. I don’t want to get sucked in to the consumerism of “must haves” and “can’t live withouts” that the baby (and blogging) industries seem to promote, and I don’t want to fill our home with a ton of stuff that may or may not prove useful, but I know that we will need items for our baby to make life a little more comfortable and easy. I was wondering if you have a list of items you have found invaluable, and perhaps a list of items you could have lived without, after having four babies yourself.
    Anyway, I would love to hear whatever you have to say if you are interested in posting about this topic! Thanks in advance! 🙂

  • Ha! I love this. At this stage in life I have to shush my husband more than my kids.
    Here are my top 5 and an honerary mention.
    My Cherie Amour – Stevie Wonder
    Dear Prudence – the Beatles
    Sex On Fire – Kings of Leon
    Ex-Factor – Lauryn Hill
    Maggie May – Rod Stewart
    *Aint no Fun – Snoop D


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