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I’m hurting, baby!

My five-year-old, Li’l D, was irritated with me last night.

(Why? Your guess is as good as mine!)

A P!nk song I like came on the radio.

“Yeah! I like her!” I cheered.

“I don’t. I like Adam!” Li’l D practically growled.

“Adam?” He was using his contrarian tone, so I knew he was trying to establish himself as not remotely like me.

“The Adam what you don’t like!”

“Adam Levine?” ventured my husband.

“Yeah!” exclaimed Li’l D.

I laughed, but was also bemused. “How did you know that?”

I figured it out before Li’l D could answer.

“Nevermind. I know.” Turning to his dad, I explained, “One of his newest songs starts ‘I’m hurting, baby.’ When it came on a few days ago, I turned the radio station, grumbling, ‘I am, too, because you’re singing, Adam Levine.”

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  1. May 17, 2015 at 10:05 am

    Haha, that’s quite the way to use your words against you. Gotta give him credit for his abstract thinking though. That’s a pretty intelligent thought leap for a five-year-old. 🙂

    • May 17, 2015 at 10:19 am

      We had two of those in the car yesterday! I wanted to express a … loving … sentiment to my husband yesterday. I knew D would announce it if I spelled it properly, so I spelled it backward … and then spluttered when he said it aloud, missing it only by one letter!

      “Yes, that’s exactly what I was saying,” I told D as Anthony busted up laughing beside me.

      “No more spelling it out, any which way!” proclaimed Anthony.

      • May 17, 2015 at 10:27 am

        They catch us by surprise when we least expect it! And they never stop doing so either…

  2. May 17, 2015 at 12:00 pm

    Nothing like a childish witticism to brighten one’s day! 🙂

    • May 23, 2015 at 9:01 pm

      Indeed! 😀

      He made me laugh today.

      He asked me to turn the radio on. I did, only to hear the very words I quoted here. I grumbled about it, leading Li’l D to ask why. He genuinely didn’t recognize the song as by “Adam what you don’t like,” confirming absolutely he didn’t really know exactly which singer Adam was.

  3. May 17, 2015 at 12:25 pm

    Love this.

  4. May 17, 2015 at 3:10 pm

    5yr-olds would be great spys…they record all and tell it…lol

  5. May 21, 2015 at 1:38 am

    Well, I had an experience *sort* of like this… but it was with my (now) 13-yr old daughter, who was still in her tween years at the time. When Adam Levine’s voice came on the radio, my daughter asked that I change it, and that she didn’t like his music. I asked, “Why? Is it because he sings like a girl?” and she said, “Yeah.”

    I was actually surprised to hear her say that. Peer pressure, maybe? I don’t dislike the band; the music is actually a guilty pleasure for me, although I take demented pleasure in singing “moves like Jagger” as “poops like Jagger”. Can’t sing like him or any tenor male pop star using falsetto; my range is more Gordon Lightfoot (bass-baritone).

  6. May 23, 2015 at 9:10 pm

    How rare to see Gordon Lightfoot referenced! My mom loved him, especially “If You Could Read My Mind.”

    Most the folks I know who talk music with me at all like Adam Levine. I can’t explain why I don’t, though it puts him in a small list of guy singers who make my friends cheer … and me reach for the dial immediately. Ed Shearon and John Mayer are in this group, though–among these–I’m slowest to change the station for Ed Shearon.

    You know, Ryan Miller (Guster) can get in that higher range. I don’t think it’s sounding like a girl (as in, higher range). I think it’s sounding whiny that bugs me about these guys’ radio songs. Ryan Miller gets high up there, but he does so in this way that just fills me up. It probably explains why Adam Levine doesn’t bother me in that Gym Class Heroes song “Stereo Hearts.” Whininess level: zero.

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