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To My Sweet Girl,
I confess. I’ve been raiding songs from your iTunes account and put them on my running mix. Somehow, I never grew out of the boy band phase. Sure, I don’t listen to New Kids on the Block anymore, but I am a sucker for One Direction and Justin Bieber. Is this so wrong that I’m your mom and I can bop with the best of them?
Maybe it’s embarrassing to you, but can I tell you a secret? It’s good that I know what you listen to because there can be so many false messages in a song. Sure, I don’t let you download songs that have the “bad words” in them, but maybe a few have slipped by me that have tainted messages? Maybe I figured that you were too young to understand what the lyrics “really mean” and so I let you sing them. But maybe what I’m doing is just creating these mantras in your head that, when you are older, you will understand what they mean and those lyrics…do I really want those words to be what you sing to yourself when you’re crying your eyes out over a boy?
These are the questions we moms lose sleep over sometimes, you know?
I don’t have all the answers yet, to this question or many others, (you’ve probably noticed this by now, haven’t you?) but I thought I’d share an idea with you. Some of these secular love songs can become really good mantras if we imagine that it is God singing them to us.
Listening to One Direction’s “You Don’t Know You’re Beautiful” makes me smile every time I hear it. Yes, the boys are cute, the beat is good, and it makes me run faster, but there is another reason.
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