Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Why am I always the last one to know?

I like to think I'm a pretty smart lady. However, I'm not so sure on the common sense. It seems like everyone else is always in on the joke except for me. Case in point....

This morning I was driving to Target with no kids in tow (a miracle in and of itself, no doubt) and I was enjoying listening to the radio. My kind of music....no KidzBop 14 playing on the CD player, no Elmo's World DVD blaring in the background....nothing but MY kind of music! Prince's "Little Red Corvette" was playing and I found myself singing to it, taking myself way back to a happy place when I was 13 years old and at sleep-away camp for the summer. After dinner every evening, the camp counselors put on a little show to give us hints about what huge activity we'd be doing that week. On this particular night, they had involved some of the campers in on the act and one of the boys who I had a huge crush on at the time (and I write "at the time" because by the next week, I had already moved on and was in love with a different boy) had dressed up like Prince and was lip-synching the song. It totally rocked my world, watching him dance and sing and I thought he was the hottest boy on earth (well, until he kissed me at the dance that week and then lied to all his friends that he had not only kissed me but felt me up too). Okay, way too much information there....

Anyway, I digress....so everytime I hear "Little Red Corvette", it always makes me think of that boy and I can very vividly remember in my mind him dancing on the stage and my heart thumping out of my chest. I always thought the song was about a car. I mean, the song is called "Little Red Corvette". I know the words sure enough but I guess I never put two and two together. See, this is where I'm talking about lack of common sense.

So after the song was done playing on the radio this morning, the DJ's were talking about the meaning of the song. Imagine my shock when one of the DJ's made a reference to the song being about a "fast woman" and not necessarily about a "fast car". They all had a good laugh about it, which left me wondering what was it about the joke that I was missing. I really thought it was about a woman who drove a fast corvette. Was it really about sex?

After I got home, I did a google search for the lyrics and sure enough it's about a woman who sleeps around. So I've loved this song for 2 decades and I never knew the true meaning of it. Always the last one to know.

Another case in point....I'm always surprised when celebrities come out of the closet and reveal themselves to be gay. Like Rosie O'Donnell. I was shocked...had no idea. Didn't make a difference to me though because I'm probably one of the few people who actually really like her and find her to be very entertaining. And when Ellen DeGeneres announced she was gay, you know I was just sitting there with my jaw on the floor. Huh? She's gay? Had no idea! And the Doogie Howser guy? Lance Bass? Melissa Ethridge? They're gay too? Again, it's honestly not a big deal to me because it doesn't change the fact that I adore them all as entertainers. But each time I would see a picture of these people on one of the big magazines, like People, with a beautiful smiling picture of them with the huge announcement "I am gay", I'd hear people snickering "oh, I totally knew he/she was gay...this is no surprise". I was the one person thinking, "I had NO idea".

I just never seem to be in on the secrets or information that others are aware of. Perhaps I walk around life with blinders on? Or maybe I lack that 6th sense that others have? I can never read between the lines. But then again, what should I expect from someone who once tried to convince her college roommates that eventually Halloween just had to fall on Friday, the 13th and can you imagine how hard we'd party when that day finally came??!!

But somehow in all this I did manage to earn a MA in Psychology. Go figure....

9 comments:

Supermom said...

If it makes you feel better I thought it was about a car too.

Michelle :)

Rebecca said...

Maybe it's better just to be oblivious...makes things less complicated.

As for the song...it's art. He may have written it about a fast woman but it's really up to interpretation. :)

Hajar said...

I've never really been into Prince but I've heard the song once or twice. I never contemplated the song long enough to determine that it has a double meaning. Now I know.

Michele S said...

OMG! I LOVED Prince.

I..will.die...for..YOU!!!!

I'm 3 years older than you, because when that album was hot, I was 16, and we were cruising the mall and I was wearing Madonna clothes and legwarmers with pumps and socks! Oh yeah, baby! That crap is coming back in style this year! Can you imagine?

I ALWAYS know when people are gay. I can't believe you didn't catch Ellen or Rosie. I have Gay-dar. Yours must be defective. And I can't believe you missed the lyrics. I'm laughing. Helene, you are going to be in so much trouble when your kids are teenagers. Oh...my...God.

That really is the best family picture ever. I have no idea how you pulled it off, but it's one you'll always look back on and love.

Veronica Lee said...

I also thought it was a car!!

Connie said...

If you're not aware of these things I see it as a kind of innocence that God has given you. There's a reason for it and you may never know why you have it.

I wish I was more like you. I'm too aware about people, especially in real life. But I'm dense about common sense. So who has it worse LOL?

screamish said...

I had no idea. there's that Lou Reed song "perfect day" that I always thought was about just going to the zoo with someone nice, and turns out it's about being a junkie and taking your habit everywhere..spending your day high...still a good song, tho!

twinmama said...

I agree with Rebecca, I think the less complicated life has to be, the better!

Doré said...

This cracked me up... I think it's kinda cute that you are left in the dark a lot. I really got a kick out of the Friday the 13th for Halloween!! Thanks for the laugh today. I left the comment club, but will still be visiting you because I love your blog!

I figure that if the children are alive when my husband gets home at the end of the day, I've done my job.

----Roseanne Barr



 
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