Anybody remember the Boomtown Rats? or Bob Geldof for that matter? I realized something today (besides that I'm old enough to remember both of the aforementioned music icons...) and here it is (in a reverse of the Boomtown Rats classic): I LIKE MONDAYS!
As I came home to the familiar chorus of "MOM's HOME!!!!! and was met shortly thereafter by my daughter holding a black & white 8x10 photo of a bygone era -- me with bad hair and clearly a bit intoxicated at a rock'n'roll party with none other than Bob (Live Aid) Geldof by my side, a wave of nostalgia overcame me. My daughter said, "Look Mama. I found this picture of you and your uncle!" I was struck by the difference of my life then and now. Back then Monday probably meant showing up at work by 10am after a night of bar hopping and NY socializing. Today's Monday means something a bit different.
Back then I probably wasn't all that fond of Mondays. Oddly, today I figured out I kinda like 'em.
Even though I got to watch MTV in my office back in the old days and eat expensive dinners with Michael Hutchence, attend parties at Debbie (now Deborah) Gibson's house, take business trips to Los Angeles to keep track of Mr. Geldof and attend video shoots to attend to the hair stylings of Cheap Trick, I like my Mondays better now.
On Mondays these days, I get to hang out with REAL rock stars. I assist talented and ever-inspiring 1st & 2nd graders to experiment with art, I marvel at the growing social skills and great jokes of preschoolers while sharing a nice healthy nosh, I get a few hours at work wherein I'm not responsible for anyone's kids (not even my own) and then I get to play tickle trap with my boy and my girl, listen with joy beyond compare and ridiculous parental pride as my son READS BOOKS TO ME!!!! and get to see my hubbie before he takes the little people to bed leaving me with a little time to myself! Even feeling the need to rise at 5am just to get in a good 40 minutes of exercise didn't dampen my day!
Geldof would be proud (he may be a rock star but even he is now Dad to 4 girls)! And while some Mamas seem to bemoan the fact that they find themselves dated by the songs of the 70's and 80's, I find great joy in them! Give me "September" by Earth, Wind & Fire, "Tragedy" by the Bee Gee's, anything by Andy Gibb or Peter Gabriel and I'm happy! And don't forget "Wake me up before you go, go"... I know, I know but somebody's got to admit to liking it!