Thursday, May 22, 2008

Reader Opinion Poll

Situation: I'm in the car, listening to the Barenaked Ladies' new kids' CD,
Snack Time
, and laughing at their parody of CBC radio: at the end of a little jazz number called "Food Party" a silky smooth voice comes on announcing, "Next up on Radio C-A-K-E, Bar-uh-NAH-ked La-DEE-es with 'The Canadian Snacktime Trilogy.'" There are a few chords from an acoustic guitar and then Gordon Lightfoot's mellow voice fills the car singing, "Ohhhh, snack time. Ohhhh, snack time."

Why am I crying?

Answers:
(a) Whenever I hear Gordon Lightfoot I remember how I was listening to his Greatest Hits CD in the delivery room when the Pie was born. ("It's daylight Katy, come on!")

(b) The inside joke for grownups - clearly aimed over the heads of the child listeners - reminds me that I'm right in the middle, now, of that brief window of time when the children and I occupy the same cultural space - where the best songs and stories for them will be the ones with some kind of entertainment value for me in these brief years before literacy and headphones wedge us apart.

(c) I have PMS.

(d) All of the above.

24 comments:

slouching mom said...

Well (d), of course.

Janet said...

Probably d), but it's very b-heavy.

Mouse said...

(d) in that the particular confluence of the three factors described inevitably lead to tears.

cinnamon gurl said...

d of course... and look at you, blogging three times in three days! I told you you'd be back. (And hurrah! Because I've missed you...)

minnesotamom said...

I was going to go with (d), but since everyone else chose it, I'll say (b) just to be obstinate.

Am I awful because the only Gordon Lightfoot I know is the "Edmund Fitzgerald"?

painted maypole said...

d, me thinks.

we've been listening to the same CD in our car. MQ's favorite is the one about hearing the wolves howling at the moon.

and am I missing a Gordon Lightfoot quote knowledge, or did you just give us your name?

painted maypole said...

ok, so a quick google search answered my question, and the daylight katy quote is from Gordon Lightfoot

NotSoSage said...

Well, if it were me, I would say (c) because even though (a) and (b) might apply, I'm a cold-hearted wench unless (c) is true. But I imagine that in your case (d) is true.

So, in math speak, for you (a) and (b) are sufficient but not necessary for your teariness. But for me, they are necessary but not sufficient.

Magpie said...

a. no, c. wait, maybe b.

okay, d.

Swistle said...

Prescription: salt-chip brownies (regular brownies, but with kosher salt instead of regular salt).

Kathryn said...

I'd put my money on D.

Christina said...

I'd have to say d.

Eat some chocolate and hopefully the weepy period will pass. :)

kgirl said...

(e) you just saw the price of gas, and you're tank's almost empty.

(p.s. gordie always makes me cry too)

nomotherearth said...

Heh. Sage's answer cracked me up and I forgot what I was going to say..

Merle said...

You cried because music is capable of reaching through our conscious self-directed thought and accessing our emotional self directly. You cried because part of you was sad and the music brought it to the forefront circumventing conscious control. At least, that is how someone explained it to me when I asked "How is it possible for music to make you cry in the middle of church?" ;)

Terri said...

I can't answer your question, but I have that same CD and love it. Apparently I'm the only one in my family who does. My children seem indifferent.

On second thought, to answer your question, I'd say D.

Bea said...

Minnesota Mom - We'll forgive you since you're American - but you're missing out.

PM - Not my name, but very close to Pie's.

Sage - You are awesome.

Omaha Mama said...

Forgive this American. I know no Gordon Lightfoot. Or it would be one of those 'Oh! He sings that?" moments. I definitely do not own his greatest hits. Must download some tonight.

Oh - and d...

Lisa b said...

I'll go with D.
Am I the only person who had no music in my delivery room? What is wrong with me?

wheelsonthebus said...

D, but mostly C

Cyndi said...

Um, all of the above. I cry about crazy things like that sometimes. Like coke commercials and people who are friends and nothing.

Jenifer said...

Definitely d...we all have those moments and for me PMS time is just makes the ordinary too much to bear sometimes.

Pieces said...

Headphones are edging me out right now. But Girlkiddo and I did dance around the kitchen together yesterday. I remember doing that with my mom too.

DaniGirl said...

(e) You knew I was detouring through London without popping by to say hello the very day you posted this, shuttled off the closed 401 and listening to this same CD, which saved our sanity a hundredfold when the DVD player died.