The girls: "Mom, you're embarrassing us!" Me: "I'm cool with that."
August 29, 2016
My older girls are at an age where almost everything I do embarrasses them. I'm cool with that. I Milly Rock on any block, literally. As we're walking down the street, I will, unexpectedly, start doing the Milly Rock or my version of it. I 'Whip and nae nae' where I want and I start 'Duckin' It' whenever Fadda Fox tells me to. They give me the side eye and that "Mom, please don't" look, but as their parent, it's my duty to embarrass them and to have fun doing it.
Last Friday, my brother in law and sister in law invited us to Coney Island to hang out and watch fireworks. The plan was to go on a few rides and hang out with the family. When we got there, we found prime seating but the bench also happened to be about 10 feet from 'Karaoke on the Boardwalk.'
Me: Screw it, I'm doing it.
Frank: Honey, please don't embarrassed the family.
Me (to the girls): Ladies, do you think I should do it?
Marley: Really mom? You're serious?
Maya: yea mom, do it...ummm, no don't do it.
Me: hmmmmmm. OK, I'm going to do it.
My go to karaoke song has always been Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen. It takes you on a ride, you're high, low, it's gets intense and then mellow. The perfect song for Coney Island. Of course I was nervous and even attempted to change the song, however, I realized that I had nothing to lose, especially since most of my audience was already drunk. My sis in law, Marley and my aunt Peggy stood front and center. Poor Maya was cowering on Nanny's lap, probably hoping that no one knew that I belonged to her. Once again, I was living outside my comfort zone. I didn't sound the best, and I knew I wouldn't because I'm not a singer, however it didn't matter. It felt good.
The karaoke crowd was great. One lady, in the background, kept screaming "sang girl!!!" Another guy ran up to me, gave me a high five and said "that was awesome" and it was. When I got off the stage, Marley came over to me, gave me a smile and a hug. At moment, I remembered why I really did it. To show them that even though they may be a little nervous or may think something's going to turn out crappy, throw caution to the wind and see where it all lands.