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Mood Music

I haven’t been sleeping well. I haven’t been feeling well. And I haven’t been eating well. But I had to get up crazy early for yet another doctors appointment. And man, did I wake up in a bad mood. I didn’t even want to get out of bed.

You see…I’ve been doing a lot of reflecting, lately. But not the good kind. I’ve been much too focused on the negative things that have happened over the past year of my life. Cuz, yanno, that’s really healthy.

So there I was in full-blown-pity-party-mode, ready to spend the day drowning my self-inflicted misery with Häagen-Dazs coffee ice cream, when suddenly, I over heard music. Specifically, one song. Coming from my son’s bedroom. And it reminded me of a very special day he and I shared this past summer.

While driving in the car, my 15 year old, Justin, turned to me with a CD in his hand and said, “Mom, I want to play a song because it always makes me think of you. And I want to dedicate this to you.”

“Sure,” I replied, having NO CLUE what to expect.

He put the disk in the CD player and cued the song.

And then I proceeded to sob big.fat.tears. while listening to the lyrics.

Seriously, did you listen to that?



Apparently, Justin really does appreciate all that I do for him, because that “dedication” came out of NOWHERE. He didn’t want anything from me. And, he didn’t need anything from me. He just wanted to thank me.

It’s funny, how something as simple as a song, can completely alter my mood.

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  • That is so sweet! What a great kid Justin is. No surprise because you raised him. Isn’t it nice when you realize they will be okay, and that you did your job right?

  • Anonymous

    You know I am not one of those “touchy-feely” kind of guys, but that does choke me up.  I know, there are times you may want to kill (or seriously maim) your offspring.  Yet, dep down, you always hope and pray to do good by your kids and they still love or appreciate your efforts and then they go off and do something like that.  Really makes all the sweat and tears worth it.   Always thought JCH was a great kid, seeing how he comes from great genes. 

  • xoxoxo


  • Thanks, Agg!

  • Anonymous

    And I forgot to add that I am sorry to hear you are not feeling well.  I hope you can kick whatever is dragging you down and you can get back out cruising the back roads of Jersey.  And with all the crap thrown your way, go ahead and have a pity party – you deserve it .  I’ll bring the balloons.     

  • Music is super powerful and can mean a million different things to a million different people. I’d suck without it!

  • Awwwww!

    You are so good to me!

  • Music is essential!

  • Bellrockrocks

    Oh, my gosh, now that is great, you know you are doing right when you get them from you son.  Keep smiling!

  • 🙂

  • Anonymous

    okay i can’t even listen to the entire song, i’m a soft punk and i cry easily.  that was the sweetest thing ever.  darn you meleah, messing up the mascara i’m not wearing. 

  • Sorry, Val!

  • Music goes a long way…

  • Sure does!

  • Very cool!  Kids can surprise you every now and again.

  • He sure did!

  • Jules

    Aww 🙂  What a great job you have done with your son!

  • Thanks, Jules!

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