Friday, January 16, 2009

Bossy Betty's Birthday Manifesto: Appendix A

I just hate it when songs on the radio make me cry when I am driving.  Not only does it make my pretty mascara run, causing disruption to my otherwise flawless face and creating a safety hazard for all those around me,  it reminds me of just how sappy  and prone to manipulation by the popular media I am.  Darn it! I want to be Betty O' Steel, not Betty O' Mush!  Anyway, after posting yesterday's Part One of Birthday Manifesto, I got in the car and before I could put my "Living Life in Balance" Dr. Wayne Dyer CD in, a song by Trace Adkins came on and I listened to it as I started off to school.  Well, OK, fine. There would be no Life in Balance on this day. First I write about appreciating the present and then shortly afterwards I hear this song. Betty's a mess and the Universe is in on it.  

Here are the lyrics and Trace's video, if you can handle it.  My apologies to those who cringe and curl up like insects in a windowsill upon reading/hearing anything remotely to do with country music, but Betty's behind the steering wheel of a mood here and apparently you're along for the ride in the careening semi-truck.  

 "You're Going to Miss This"

She was staring out the window of that SUV
Complaining, saying "I can't wait to turn 18."
She said, "I'll make my own money and I'll make my own rules."
Mama put the car in park out there in front of the school
And she kissed her head and said, "I was just like you.

You're going to miss this
You're going to want this back
You're going to wish these days hadn't gone by so fast
These are some good times
So take a good look around
You may not know it now
But you're going to miss this."

Before she knows it, she's a brand new bride
In her one bedroom apartment and her daddy stops by
He tells her it's a nice place, she says "It'll do for now"
Starts talking about babies and buying a house
Daddy shakes his head and says, "Baby, just slow down

'Cause you're going to miss this
You're going to want this back
You're going to wish these days hadn't gone by so fast
These are some good times, so take a look around
You may not know it now, but you're going to miss this."

Five years later, there's a plumber working on the water heater
Dog's barking, phones ringing, one kid's crying and one kid's screaming
And she keeps apologizing. He says "They don't bother me
I got two babies of my own, one's 36 and one's 23.  It's hard to believe

But you're going to miss this.
You're going to want this back
You're going to wish these day, hadn't gone by so fast
These are some good times, so take a good look around.
You may not know it now, 
But you're going to miss this."



2 comments:

Anonymous said...

ok, i was determined NOT to tear up. i had hardened my heart, i had braced my self, cried anyways. thanks betty!
pg

Susan said...

You're not alone, anonymous, I cried right along with you!