Monday, April 26th 2010
A 6 yr old, Willie Nelson, 2 Moms, a Sister, and a Psalm

“Turn it up, Mom,” said Caden-6yr from the backseat. He often does this, and I oblige and turn up the radio and then he talks and talks and I can’t hear a word he’s saying because I DID turn it up and so I turn it down to ask him what he said, and then he gets really annoyed.

Caden-6yr is easygoing and sunny. And seeing him so easily annoyed shouldn’t entertain me, but it does.

One day a few weeks ago he asked me to turn it up, and before I could, he added, “yeah. I’d know that voice anywhere.”

“What voice?” I asked him.

“THAT voice. You know. What’s-his-name. You took me to see him sing.”

Willie Nelson?

“Yeah. I’d know his voice anywhere.”

“I love it that you even say that… but that’s not Willie on the radio right now.”

There was a long pause.

“I probably would have known that IF YOU HAD TURNED. IT. UP.”

I couldn’t possibly address the attitude. I was trying not to laugh. And cry. And beam with pride that my 6 yr old even thought to claim he’d always recognize Willie Nelson’s voice.

I had the exact same feelings later in the week when he walked through the kitchen and  recited the 23rd Psalm. I didn’t know he could do that. (I didn’t laugh – I cried.)

Yes. A couple years ago, I DID insist that Mike and I take the boys to a Willie Nelson concert. All the women in my family have a thing for Willie. Always have. It’s unexplainable. Mike doesn’t really get it, but he DID get great tickets and that is more than enough for me. I’m a realistic sort, and didn’t think we’d get too many more chances to do such a thing… Willie is getting on up there in years, after all.

My mother went too, and Willie waved at her. Yes. At her. I was in the car with the kids by that point, because DUH you don’t take kids to a Willie Nelson concert – even if you sincerely want to pass on your family tradition of Willie Nelson adoration – and I almost got very violent with a drunk lady behind me who spilled beer on Ethan-10yr’s head and then said lots of awful things and instead I walked away, but it was real close to getting real ugly and I was about to find my inner brawling redneck heathen self. And that definitely would have been the appropriate time and place for such a discovery, except for the ‘I brought my kids and mother’ part.

My mother flirted and waved and was determined to catch Willie’s eye. She wore a bright orange sweater, and a ‘yoo hoo… over here’ smile.  She comes prepared, that one. And? It worked. Of course it did. She was right up by the stage when he held the gaze of the short brunette in the bright orange sweater and waved.

And I was in the car. With kids who smelled like beer.

But my 6 yr old would know Willie’s voice anywhere. And he can recite the 23rd Psalm and who knows what else that I just haven’t heard yet.

Oh! And Willie…? He is ‘following’ my sister on Twitter. I don’t even know what that means.

Except that Willie has decided to follow my sister. Good luck with that, Willie, that girl moves around the world rather quickly.


As usual, he’ll be in Austin on July 4th. I’m thinking I might leave the kids at home and take a road trip. (and maybe take my eye-catching, orange sweater wearing mother.)


5 Comments on “A 6 yr old, Willie Nelson, 2 Moms, a Sister, and a Psalm”

April 26th, 2010
3:15 pm

I think “following” on Twitter is kind of like “friending” on Facebook – sort of. I tried Twitter for all of about 5 minutes. Didn’t get it, didn’t like it, haven’t been back since. And I still get emails every once in a while from people I’ve never heard of who want to “follow” me. Kind of creepy.

April 26th, 2010
6:35 pm

Such cute stories. Kids crack me up. Willie Nelson (well, his band) has been all the talk here in Eastern Carolina as his band (not him) were arrested here for drinkin’ moonshine & smoking a substance other than cigs in the tour bus. Haha.

For some odd reason, the Eastern Carolina concert was canceled. And hasn’t been rescheduled yet. LOL. That’s the extent of my Willie Nelson knowledge. I’m a HUGE country fan but don’t know much about his music other than the super famous stuff. :)

April 28th, 2010
3:54 pm

You really make typing LOL an honest thing. I think many people type that more in a sarcastic manner, but I can honestly say I am LOLing. ;-)

April 28th, 2010
10:41 pm

YESSSSSS. You, me, Mom, Willie and lots of eye-popping orange for the 4th of July. Please? I can promise I would feel VERY patriotic. That would be AHSUM!

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