Stupid Mothers, Teenagers &
Country Music

It’s Tuesday night as I write my Wednesday post having totally missed writing on Monday. Being spontaneous can get in the way of blogging.

We spent an extra night in Nashville. You cannot believe how exhausting it is to listen to country music.

Actually, I think it was most exhausting to travel with three teenage girls.

From the teenage daughters’ perspective (because much to their dismay, I was both a teenager and a daughter) and as their mother, I am entitled to speak for them…

These are the observations I made on this trip that I realize will not be giant revelations for many of you. Think of them more as the beginning of the by-laws for our Mean Mother Club…

  • Mothers are stupid.
  • Mothers are embarrassing.
  • Mothers should not dance.
  • Mothers should not like country music.
  • Mothers should not think a country music singer is
    “good looking”, “cute” or “hot”.

My biggest personal revelation about teenage girls is that there are many ways that this season of their life is very similar to the one you thought you had already made it through–the toddler stage…

  • They throw tantrums when they don’t get their way.
  • They are loud at inappropriate times.
  • They are very cranky when they don’t get enough sleep.
  • They are very, very stubborn.
  • Everything is a power struggle. “I do it myself.”
  • You have to keep your eye on them or they get lost.
  • (Roger Leroy & Sharté got on the wrong shuttle bus and went to Opryland which is nowhere near downtown Nashville.)

Fellow Stupid Mother and friend Lisa and I did have tons of fun in spite of the teenagers.

The teenagers had tons of fun in spite of their mothers.

I think they would all agree that one of the biggest highlights of the four-day festival was on Friday.

First the back story…

They had to walk seven blocks because Stupid Mother #1 (me) overheard that THE ONE singer who they HAD TO meet and get HER autograph, was shooting a video outside on the steps of the Ryman Auditorium. I actually had to demand that they come because they were *busy* at the Sports Zone about to play some game or spin some wheel to win a laminated calendar or matchbox car.

What followed was waiting for over two hours in sweltering heat standing curbside just five steps from a drum set waiting to see who was coming out.

SHE came out and was darling and was overwhelmed by the crowd that had gathered. SHE sang a new song that no one had heard before. SHE came down to the yellow police tape and shook hands and thanked everyone for coming.

The crowd dispersed.

Stupid Mother #1 quietly said to Roger Leroy, “You know SHE has to come out of the building but it won’t be out of these doors. You all need to go around and find the door with a car or limo and maybe you can get her autograph.”

Roger Leroy said, as she rolled her eyes, “I’m thirsty and we’re going back to the Sports Zone. We’ll get HER autograph tomorrow.”

(Because standing in line with 800 people who also got tickets to get HER autograph the next day would be super fun.)

Stupid Mother #1 said to Stupid Mother #2 (Lisa) “I just told her that SHE will have to come out the building and the girls should find the back door but Roger Leroy is thirsty and I guess I’m just having another stupid idea.”

I gave it one more shot and asked Roger Leroy if she had told Sharté
(#1 fan) what I had suggested.

They had a private teenager conference. Sharté asked where I thought they should go. I suggested the alley and walk around the building.

They actually started down the alley!

About 30 minutes later, they came around the corner, running uphill in 100 degree weather screaming like excited, happy toddlers.

Because they met HER and SHE asked if they wanted a picture with HER…

Taylor Swift
is a delightful and refreshing role model for teenage girls.

HER debut album where all the songs she either wrote or co-wrote is triple platinum. SHE is a recent high school graduate and is currently touring with Rascal Flatts.

And she TOUCHED our daughters!!!!!

The Stupid Mothers were very happy for their daughters!

We hope they will always remember this special trip.

We hope they know how very much we love them…
through every season.

Meanwhile, the Stupid Mothers loved, loved, loved listening and looking at Josh Turner, Keith Urban, Chuck Wicks, Luke Bryan, Craig Morgan, Rodney Atkins, Alan Jackson, Trace Adkins and many, many other great musicians.

Oh, and Carrie Underwood, Faith Hill, Sara Evans, Kellie Pickler, Miranda Lambert, and many other ladies were really good too.

Teenage daughters will have to get their own blog to tell their side of the story.


P.S. Would you please send me an email and let me know if you received this post or my Friday post through your email subscription OR if you read my blog through an RSS feed? I think the service is not working again. I love to try to fix things that are out of my control…

One year ago..

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  1. 1
    nancy says:

    I got them both today….and the picture was worth the pain of the weekend, don’t you think? lol So darn cute!

  2. 2
    julieann says:

    I can SO-O picture how that whole interchange between you and Roger Leroy transpired. Her reaction kinda reminds me of how my husband takes, or doesn’t take, advice. I could say, “Honey, the truck needs washing” and it would fall on deaf ears. But let another MAN mention that his truck could use a bath and, boy, he’d be off to the carwash!
    Have to share our two “music celebraty” stories with ya’ll. Several years ago when Atlanta native Diana DeGarmo was on AMERICAN IDOL, she called Lenox Square to ask if she could sing the national anthem before the big July 4th fireworks display. Since we had those Lenox ties, we knew where she was parked (her mother drove her there in a Buick). We sent the two eager young daughters over to the car to wait for an autograph, which she then refused to give, saying she had to get to the airport. However, she took time to pose FOR PICTURES with two handsome teen guys right in front of my daughters, whom she had just dissed. Needless to say, she lost two big fans that night and I delight in spreading the story so that her future success (or lack thereof) can be seen in it’s proper light.
    On a better note, the company who puts together the whole July 4th show at Lenox gave us five tickets to the Jessee McCartney concert later that summer (presumably because there are five in our family and we would all want to go…it was Mom and four teen girls who arrived that night). The warm-up band was an unknown group from New Jersey (or one of those northeastern states)who weren’t particularly talented, BUT they tried very hard to win a fan base by staying after the concert to sign autographs. We were in no hurry and so we lagged toward the end of the line, chatting with the guys who played the instruments and blowing bubbles with them (we had brought a hefty supply of them to the concert). They signed all four of the girls’ blue jeans in Sharpie (which we still have), shared jokes and stories, and we ended having security escort the band and us out of the pavillion because everyone had left and they wanted to go home. Who was this band of nice guys? The Jonas Brothers! Who knew they would ever make it (big or otherwise).

  3. 3
    PLC says:

    Hey girl! I got the posts via my e-mail. Sounds like lots of fun, teenage girls are a joy…

  4. 4
    Stupid Mother #2 says:

    WOW! What a weekend! I must say that I went through just about every emotion a person is capable of having during this trip. It was so good to be with my daughter and Stupid Mother #1 and her girls. This trip brought us closer together and opened our eyes to one another. It was nice having another mother around for sound advice when things seemed hopeless at times. I know that no matter what I will always love, love, love my daughter, even when I may be the stupidest person on earth. My most memorable time was not seeing the cute singers or getting autographs or even listening to the music (which I gained a great love for). It was the unsolicited hug I got from my daughter because at that moment everything was perfect in her world. Priceless.

    Thank you, Sherra, for helping create this memory for us.

    Lisa (Stupid Mother #2)

  5. 5
    Sherra says:

    nancy » You’re right – the picture is darn cute. Not sure about the pain. Let me get back to you on that.

    julieann » What a great example of how these *stars* should be grateful for their fans and that is exactly why I love the country music festival. They are absolutely lovely and gracious to their fans of all ages. A refreshing change from a lot of what we see in the media! Bet your daughters won’t sell their jeans on ebay because of the great memory of that day!

    PLC » Keep reminding me of the joy, will you? I need constant reminders…

    Stupid Mother #2 » I think it really is all the little things that make the best memories and those sweet moments can be rare in this season of struggling for independence but still needing us in more ways than they are capable of articulating. Glad you got one of those moments to savor 🙂

  6. 6
    Tammy says:

    Teeheehee! I couldn’t resist a little giggle! Boy, I can’t wait for the day when our kids look at us and tell us that we are not stupid…or better yet when they call to complain because their teenager thinks they are stupid and they just can’t believe that when they know they are so cool….hahaha! The circle of life is pretty fun sometimes…It helps me know that God really does have a sense of humor! Otherwise, teenagers might not exist!

  7. 7
    Sherra says:

    Tammy » You’re absolutely right! If anyone ever doubts that God has a sense of humor, just spend a day with a teenager. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

  8. 8
    Ann says:

    SCORE on the picture of HER with the girls!! But…no picture of Austen Cody? Or is that Cody Austen?? LOL

  9. 9
    Sherra says:

    Ann » I think it was Austin Cody and they did see HIM at the convention center. Yee-haw! But obviously they’ve moved on to bigger stars. Kind of snobby, don’t you think?


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