Friday, March 18, 2011

I confess....

I mistakenly thought I had a stellar week.  No blunders, no major mommy fails.  Could it be?

I found myself beaming with pride.

But when I really wracked my brain thinking surely I had to have had a few moments here or there that were worthy of a confession, one memory from this past week in particular stood out in my mind.

Oh yes, my friends, I have some purging to do.


I laughed at my daughter.

Not just some easy little giggle, which might have lasted exactly 2.4 seconds.  We're talking hysterical laughter...pee-in-my-pants laughter that didn't stop for what seemed like an eternity.

And no, I didn't laugh WITH her.  I laughed AT her.  There's a difference, believe that.

You see, at the tender age of 6, she is desperately in love with Justin Bieber.  Bella is suffering from such a horrendous case of Bieber Fever that I considered taking her to a shrink and emptying our bank account until she was completely cured.

At first, I thought it was just a measly little crush.  I mean, HELLO....Shaun Cassidy, Jimmy McNichol, Scott those names ring a bell with any of you?

Oh wait, I probably just seriously dated myself.  But for those of you who are in your...cough, cough...40's....cough, cough probably know who I'm talking about.

When I was younger, I was guilty of the typical celebrity crush.  But that's all it was...a little crush.  Nothing more, nothing less.  I didn't want to have their babies or swap spit with them.

The other day I caught Bella watching a Justin Bieber video on YouTube.  I think the song was "Never Say Never".

She was crying, people!  CRYING!

Like "Oh My God, I just saw The Beatles" kind of crying!  We've all seen those black-and-white videos of gobs of teenage girls literally sobbing and hyperventilating at the very sight of the handsome 60's singing sensations.  And perhaps you might have even laughed when you saw the videos, like I did.

Or not...because you're mature like that.

Growing concerned, I asked her, "Why are you crying?"

Looking up at me with her red, tear-stained face, she answered in a serious tone, "I just love Justin SO MUCH, Mommy.  I can't help it."

And, I laughed at her.  It was a gut reaction and couldn't be helped.  Seriously.

I laughed at my 6-year old daughter when she declared her undying love for a teenage pop sensation.

I was absolutely sure that I had scarred her for life.

Scary, paranoid thoughts ran rampant throughout my brain...will she ever confide in me again?  Will she allow me to comfort her if she ever experiences a broken heart?  Is she going to ban me from the delivery room when she gives birth to her first child...perhaps my first grandchild?

When I ask her why, she might say, "Well, Mom, geez....for God's sake, you LAUGHED at me when I shared my innermost feelings about Justin with you.  What kind of mom does that?!  I was in love, Mom.  IN LOVE! And you crushed my spirits and stomped all over them with your immaturity and evil judgements!"

Without hesitation, I apologized to Bella.

"Listen, I'm sorry I laughed at you when you so obviously have such strong feelings for him," I acknowledged.  "It was wrong of me to find humor in the situation."

She looked me in the eye and placed her hand gently on my shoulder.

"It's okay, Mommy.  Some people just don't get it," Bella stated.

Confused, I asked, "Get what?  How much you love him as a celebrity?"

She shook her head and responded, "No, some people just aren't lucky enough to ever feel this kind of love for someone."

WTF?  Is she 6 years old....or 23 years old?

So yeah...I pretty much got put in my place by my young daughter.  But, still, I felt it was worthy of a confession.

Don't ever underestimate the power of love, people.  It's more potent than you think.

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sandandstarfish said...

That was absolutely hilarious! I would have done the exact same thing! Thanks for gushing ;) I needed a good laugh today!

Jayme said...

I've have laughed too! My 8 year old loves him too, and pitches a fit when I call him Justin Beaver or Justin Wiener.

Nobodys Nothings said...

Lmfao. Oh geez. Kids sure growup fast nowadays, don't they?

Tami's Eclectic Corner said...

I am dying of laughter right now. I'm only laughing because I can totally relate, except my daughter is 12. It's insane, literally insane. They need to build a special mental institution just to deal with girls and this Bieber kid. My daughter carries a notebook with her and writes about him. She even brings it to church. What it this world coming to? Thanks again for the laugh. I'm glad I'm not the only one laughing at my daughter.

melissa78 said...

That is hysterical!!! After this week I needed a good laugh and that is just what I did. Thanks for sharing.

Kristina P. said...

I mean, how could you not?!?

Nezzy said...

....and don't ever underestimate that wise little Bella!!! How sweet is this!

God bless and have a beautiful weekend!!! :o)

Eva Gallant said...

I'm loving that Bella more and more! She rocks! LOL

mybelleepoque said...

Ok so I totally get this. I am a kindergarten teacher. Enough said. ( I too laugh)
The great thing is that this will be something you never forget and will always be a treasured "mommy moment"

singedwingangel said...

2 of my great nieces ADORE Him.. One of them gets it honest. When I was pregnant with my oldest her mother was in love with Billy Ray Cyrus and Garth Brooks. She finally settled on Garth and she was suddenly pregnant too. I went into labor.. so did she. well kinda she called it OUT Labor and was in it for 3 days and they put the baby back cause it wasn't done.

MandyE (Twin Trials and Triumphs) said...

I *wanted* to know "that kind of love" when I was about 10. I remember writing an entry in my diary...a very serious one...about how I really thought I was in love with my fifth-grade boyfriend. Even at the time I think a part of me wanted to gag, but I just *wanted* to feel that way. Bwahahaha!!!

I just commented to another friend today how, on one hand, I'm looking forward to my girls being "girlie" one day, but on the other hand, I kinda dread it. I will try to "learn" from Bella's lesson and work hard to "get it" when the time comes. :)

Jen said...

I thought this was going to happen at like 13, Bella must be advanced for her age. ;)

shortmama said...

That is just so hilarious!

SherilinR said...

we all have those mommy moments of hysteria at our kids expense periodically. i'm not allowed to talk to my 8 yr old about justin anymore. she gives me a very mean look if i even mention the name & look her way. it's very amusing.

Kimberly said...

It may be time you considered putting her on BC pills...Bieber Control pills.
Just saying. You can never be too protected from his voodoo hair.

Mamarazzi said...

oh my goodness this made me laugh out loud!!

it also reminded me of my childhood crushes, i took it soooo seriously.

love that you shared this story, very sweet!

Chocolate Covered Daydreams said...

Been there, done that at her age. Yes, I totally remember the cutie Jimmy McNichol was as well as Shaun Cassidy. But, I didn't dream of having their children. I know I didn't shed a tear over them. The good thing is that she will one day look back at this and realize that he wasn't worth her time..she's so much better than Justin Bieber!

Dysfunctional Mom said...

That's intense! She has it bad. I can't stand that little punk. My mom bought my daughter a JB shirt and I threatened to burn it.
Once my daughter locked herself in our bathroom at HOME, and her panic made me laugh so hard I couldn't even help her get out.
Stellar parents, we are!

Twinpossible said...

This sounds just like my daughter who also has a BAD case of beiber fever, in fact she is planning on marrying him. She likes no other boy. (Oh dear God..what are the chances? Not very good, lol.)

I remember Scott Baio for sure, and Kirk Cameron was another crush I had. I don't remember even getting to this extreme though, like our little girls with the beib.

I caught mine kissing her Justin Beiber t-shirt in her bedroom. I was like, 'Pardon me, I didn't mean to disturb you.' lol. Does it mean our children need a shrink? Nah. I think even a little crying which so many of his little girl fans do..usually at a concert or something, but some girls are just very sensitive in life all around.

I think she'll be just fine, and soon enough her crush will drift elsewehere. It's all about time Helene. Time always brings with it change. It is a cute memory to jot down to tell her one day, though she won't likely believe you. 'Was not mom.' :)

It's hard as a mom to NOT laugh at your child at one time or another. They do such crazy & funny things sometimes. Hey, they surely have no problem laughing at don't worry about it. She'll survive, with or without Justin Beiber on her arm.


Anyway..the most devestating thing that could happen to the girls of our country and would make their hearts break, and seriously cry their eyes out, is if he pulls a Ricky Martain, and they find out he's really gay or something.

I'm certainly not saying that he is..he's such a talented little cutie, but that'd crush alot of hearts, so stay straight for my daughter's sake Beiber, lol.


Twins Squared said...

I don't even know what to say! That is so funny - and yet, I feel bad too laughing at her precious little emotions. But as soon as you said she was crying I totally thought of the Beatles too and then I read what you wrote about them. Oh boy - if it's this bad now watch out for those teenage years!

Mine know of him but it ends there so far. Not sure how much longer it will last. I was 6 when I had my first crush. So far K&M don't seem to have one. Sure M's been through the kissing boys thing, and both have named boys they want to marry, but real emotion? So far none has been mentioned to me. I'm just fine with that!

Stefenie said...

OMG!!! How funny!! I definitely needed a little comic relief and you just handed it to me on a silver platter. Wow!!! I have two boys so I honestly don't get the whole Bieber Fever thing but we have a little two year old girl that comes to play with Logan a few times a week and SHE talks about Justin Bieber. Cracks me up. Yes....he even has a hold on the toddler age group.

Sadia said...

I would have laughed too. Now, please excuse me while I purge my house of all ways through which my kids could be exposed to popular culture ...

Kimberly said...

I know thisonly the her was a him. Just know that we are much better than they are and our children will never know the pain that still to this day hurts our soul.
We are better than them.

Ellen Zames said...

OMG Helene, Bella is just too cute!! I love how sensitive and sincere she is. I have to admit I would've burst out laughing too. It's hard to contain that much laughter when it's so spontaneous. Really very funny!


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Heather said...

Every time I read or hear about Beiber fever I just look at my two boys and smile. My 5-year-old thinks girls are yucky and only think about love. My 6-year-old is thinking about marriage but not until he's WAY older and then just wants to marry me;) I'm so ok with not having a girl!!!
P.S. I would have laughed too - I've been guilty of it a time or two myself... cough cough...

Rebecca said...

omg...i would have peed my pants if i had to witness that kind of love! that's hysterical!

Karen Peterson said...

Oh my gosh, that is priceless! And a little bit scary how fast she's growing up!

Cindy said...

So friggin' funny. My 6 y/o has Bieber Fever too, but never to the point of tears. That is some serious love :) My K has been caught kissing his picture though. And gets all dreamy eyed when she sees him on tv. Even my 2 y/os like him - they yell, "It's the Bieber!" When they hear his music. And then they boogie down.
I can't say that I don't know where they get it from - I LOVED Scott Baio, Kirk Cameron, John Taylor, C. Thomas Howell...the list goes on and on. But, I never did cry over him. I made fun of those people. If I were in your shoes, I'd have cried laughing, then I would've had some apologizing to do, too. But I do love Bella's response. Very wise girl, she is.

Heather said...

That is so sweet AND so hilarious! Bella is a hoot! I bet you will be laughing for years to come with all she comes up with :)

The Mother said...

I laugh at my teens regularly. It teaches them a sense of humor--learning to laugh at themselves. It does take a while, but they get it.

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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