Friday, September 3rd 2010
Wake Up Call

Mike got home last night from a long trip. He’s been gone a whole lot lately, and this morning…. I noticed a definitely brand new addition to his morning routine. Guessing he picked it up sometime in the last two weeks.

I was shocked.

It was both adorable and yet so very shocking.

We had both been awake and up for a long time when I went back into the bedroom for something. Mike’s phone was by his side of the bed, and it started to sing. Not ring. Sing. No one was calling. It was some sort of alarm that he had set, and he hadn’t turned off when he’d gotten up earlier.

This song was… soothing. The voice sounded familiar. The lyrics were very… sweet. It was a song called “After the Rain.”

Mike came in the bedroom and saw me standing by his side of the bed, hands on hips, mouth hanging open. I turned to him and said, “Really, Mike?”

He shrugged.

“Isn’t that Laurie Berkner…?!”

“I don’t know. Who’s that?”

“Um… she does kids’ music {WITH HAND GESTURES} on, like, Nick Jr. Her target audience is maybe aged four.”

He kinda glared at me.

I wasn’t calling him old. I have no idea how old he is. I forget, because I just don’t care.

It really IS a nice song. I mean, it’s not my personal favorite Laurie Berkner hit, “Boody Boody Ya Ya Ya,” or even “Choc-o-lot in My Pock-o-lot,” but it’s nice to wake up to, I suppose.

He was walking down the hall with his back to me. Not a good sign. Mike is a great communicator, particularly when he’s been gone for pretty much FOREVER and it’s early in the morning and I’m following him around questioning his musical tastes before he’s even had time to shower. This sort of thing makes him really want to stay home and be near me more.  He tried to explain. “I wanted something… not…you know.” And then he makes frantic arm movements.

the Direct Mike Translation for the above sentence is: “I went through your iTunes and found a soothing lullaby to wake up to, mixed in with all the Willie Nelson and hard hitting crazy metal stuff you listen to while you are running or kickboxing. I didn’t want any of that. Now back off, lady, you’re making me feel self conscious and I’m concerned you might blog about this.”

But I find it all to be extremely endearing, and knew you would, too, so how could I not? What’s your financial advisor waking up to? Probably not Laurie Berkner. Just sayin.’

The man get serious points for Originality.


4 Comments on “Wake Up Call”

September 3rd, 2010
3:44 pm

Love Love LOVE Laurie Berkner! But even I never thought to make her my alarm.

September 4th, 2010
3:55 pm

exactly, Becky. EXACTLY.
She’s in my iTunes, but she’s there… for the kids. (I thought.)

September 4th, 2010
9:33 pm

Kinda like the time I decided I was going to “meditate” to some Indian flute music. I go press ‘play’ and hurry to my “oohmm” position. I gear up, I am waiting, waiting and hear “The wheels on the bus go ’round and ’round, ’round and ’round . . .”

Totally not what I was expecting even though I had fun with my son listening. So who in the world put THAT in there? At the time Isaac was like, 2 . . . so I am really not sure how it got in there. Now, I wonder. I think there is hand motions with that one too.

September 11th, 2010
10:57 am

There are definitely hand motions for “The wheels on the bus” and the verses go on, and on, and on…

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