I used to eat mustard sandwiches as a child. I loved them so much. Everyone thought it was very strange including my mother. I once heard her tell a friend that she figures I would just outgrow it. I eventually did. The thought of eating a mustard sandwich now makes me ill.
I watched the Video Music Awards (VMAs) this past week, even though I have outgrown watching them. My reasoning is, since I don’t keep up with music on a daily or even weekly basises, watching the VMAs will help keep me up to date.
When I was younger, I watched music videos and listened to the radio every day. I couldn’t get ready for school without having music playing in the background. Now, I don’t even remember to turn on the radio in the car.
The VMAs were great this year. As a nearly 40 year old mother, I loved seeing Miley Cyrus perform. If you haven’t seen the news reports, she came out scantily dressed and danced dirty while she performed. She performed with a male singer who is married. During the performance she licked him and rubbed his groin with a foam finger. The media went wild talking about Miley being out of control. There were also rumors about the male singer’s wife attacking Miley.
I found the entire production entertaining. In my mind, this performance was to get people talking. It did. Miley Cyrus may be out of control or she could be a 20 something having fun. I am not going to come down on her for her scandalous performance. I know if I was a 20 something, I probably would have understood the performance a little better.
I plan to watch the VMAs forever. As a mother, I want to see what is influencing our youth. I am sure there were a lot of older people watching and shaking their head at Miley. I thought about the provocative dances we had when I was younger. I thought about all the things I once loved that now seem silly.
I am not going to slam the younger generation yet. I am not going to start sentences with “back in my day.” I am going to try see things from their perspective and mine. I don’t know when I am going to outgrow that philosophy.
I hope Miley Cyrus and the rest of the younger generation survive their youth and live to see another day, another year, and have the opportunity to grow up.
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