Tuesday, September 02, 2008
My Son Goes to College, Part 2
I'm not going to kid you, it was a rough weekend. My second child, my only son who has been with us all summer, is now back at school. Sigh.
The adjustment is not as difficult as last year, of course. It's just that my middle child is the life of the party in our family. Yes, he often annoys his sisters with his poking, tickling and singing [see pic], but when he's not around, there's a piece of the puzzle missing. Like mashed potatoes without salt, we were a bunch of bland boiled potatoes around here this weekend.
One of the things he likes to do to crack me up is speak to me, his English major mother, in a very high-pitched, nasally, affected Shakespearean actor's voice. It sounds just like the recordings of MacBeth's witches that I heard in high school English class. So instead of just asking me normally, he might say, "Mothah, has thou doest my laundry whence thou didst upon my sovereign brow?" I guess you'd have to hear it to get the full weird-out effect, but he won't let me tape him. I know that if I'm on my death bed and he starts doing this, I will come back to life just to die laughing.
His other favorite thing is to sing, particularly goofy 80s songs. Unless you know him really well, you'd never guess this, because he's all athletic and serious around most people. But he discovered this song and then this video, which completely slayed him (I know that "slew" is correct, but who says "slew" in an informal blog post?) and he has sung it at the top of his lungs all summer long, probably at least once a day. Even the name "Dexy's Midnight Runners" cracks him up, but not as much as the guy continually putting his arms over his head while wearing his denim vest, rolled up pants, loafers and bandana around his neck. Usually Kristin joins in singing along with him. Or we all do. Because who doesn't want to sing about Eileen??!
So I'm not going to think about missing Jordan. I'm going to remember the summer of Eileen. And then ... because the fam loves "Psych," I included an outtake from that show where Shawn and Gus sing "Come On Eileen." Get ready to have your 80s socks rocked off.