Last night, as we were sitting on the couch, Andrew peered over my shoulder to see what I was looking at. This brings me to my first tangent: IS THERE ANYTHING MORE ANNOYING THAN PEOPLE READING OVER YOUR SHOULDER? Judging by my use of caps, I’m going to say not, but seriously?! It’s a constant battle.
Anyways, I happened to be looking at a list of the people I follow on Twitter, which prompted the following exchange:
ANDREW: “You follow Taylor Swift?!”
ME: “SHUT UP!”
ANDREW: “It’s okay, millions of LITTLE GIRLS follow Taylor Swift!”
This, my friends, brings me to something that is perhaps a bit troubling: my weird, adolescent-esque hobbies and musical interests. I like to think I’m semi-hip when it comes to music. I can name-drop a few indie bands, I genuinely enjoy music and I certainly try and expand beyond the Top 40 stations. BUT. I have to admit that there’s more Miley Cyrus on my playlist than I care to admit, and that I love Taylor Swift. I think that Taylor is more in touch with her feelings than many adults are. Plus, I’ve seen her interviewed and she seems extraordinarily eloquent for 19. Most importantly? Her songs sound good being belted out in my car.
Sadly, Taylor Swift is not my only adolescent-ish interest. There is my really embarrassing, slightly creepy love for new teen it-boy Justin Bieber‘s adorable little teen love songs. I realize that the Twilight phenomenon has swept the nation, nay, THE WORLD, but let’s be real: it’s a little embarrassing to be containing your excitement over “New Moon” along with the students you teach. I watch America’s Best Dance Crew. I really, really, really enjoy “your mom” jokes and other phrases that only 14-year-old boys think are funny.
Sometimes, like when your boyfriend catches you following along to Taylor Swift’s tweets, or you hotly contest Jacob vs. Edward, being into such youthful things can be embarrassing, but truth be told, I like it. It keeps me young and fresh and fun. A little light-heartedness never killed anyone.
I can’t be the only one, right?! What “childish” musicians, books, shows are you still into?
*Please let the record show that I do draw the line at items of clothing displaying Disney, Looney Toons and other cartoon characters. That’s not fun—that’s just plain weird. Sorry to offend my Disney-wearing readers. I still love you. Just not your Mickey Mouse sweatshirt.