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My family is weird. We are huge dorks who do the ridiculous most days. Weird things like sing songs we’ve made up for various activities we engage in.
We have the Round About song that we sing each time we encounter a traffic circle, and each of us has a jingle based on our nicknames. In 1995 I wrote and produced a song while playing in the radio station’s recording studio where my husband worked: A Gal, A Kid, and A Dog. It’s country. Can’t you tell?
We had an international 5K our family organized years ago because we were scattered all over the world. We ran or walked on the same day at the same time, made T-shirts, then all went to our respective homes and had a pancake breakfast. Of course, we wrote and produced a theme song for it. And my daughter Poppy has her very own intro music to the news show she used to produce.
Over the 24 years we’ve been a couple, John and I have written more songs than you can imagine. I suppose that’s what happens when two musicians/writers build a life together. Our songwriting helps reduce stress and gets me to take life less seriously. I have that tendency, so the silly songs bring levity back to me.
But what we’ve done each time we’ve gotten in the car from late November until today takes the cake. We love super cheesy Christmas music, like Ray Conniff Singers cheesy, and our fave of theirs happens to be Jingle Bells. And we listen to that album far too much each December.
When Poppy was a toddler, I bought her jingle bells, along with a variety of other percussion auxiliary. They sat in a bin for the last several years. On Black Friday as we watched The Producers and sorted through her old toys, we rediscovered the jingle bells. Poppy said, “Wouldn’t it be funny if we had these in the car?”
Cue record scratch
“Yes, yes it would, but don’t tell Dad.” So I ran upstairs and tucked them in secret places in the car.
The next day as John was driving us home from yet another trip to Target, I looked at Poppy and said, “Let’s do it, ’Kay?”
Poppy beamed, devilish, and we both reached for our jingle bells as John drove home on the dark, curvy road. He burst out laughing, shocked, and asked, “What the…?”
And we sang Jingle Bells the entire way home. Poppy video taped the whole thing. It’s truly going to go down as one of our favorite memories, I’m sure.
For the last month and a half we’ve pulled those jingle bells out while we tooled along in the car. We walked into grocery stores and school and work grinning like fools, smiling so huge people wondered what we were up to.
We were up to fun! Plain and simple fun that only music and jingle bells can bring. At least in our house.
In my author bio, the last line talks about me singing the mundane just to make normal seem more interesting. This is what I was talking about when I wrote that. Singing a virtual life opera is my truth. Every day!
The jingle bells will go away for now, but I’ll bring them back out to the car again next year. Life is too short to take everything so seriously, and God knows I do. The jingles and the jingle bells help.
What crazy things do you do to make your everyday life more interesting?
Title: Farm Fresh
Author: Posy Roberts
Publisher: Labyrinth Bound Press
Publication Date: 01/28/2016
Cover Artist: Natasha Snow
Genre: Contemporary, Fiction, Gay, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance, Menage/Poly, Romance
Jude Garrity visits the farmers market every Saturday. As an environmental engineering student, he’s curious about living off the grid and sustainable agriculture.
And one particular farmer.
Hudson Oliva has worked hard to support his commune, where queer people live without fear of harm or retribution. When Jude asks pointed questions about living there, Hudson realizes he needs to be honest about his home. Few people know what the farm is actually about, but Jude is insistent.
Jude moves to Kaleidoscope Gardens, however his sexual hang-ups make it hard to adjust. He’s an uptight virgin living among people who have sex freely and with multiple partners. When Jude finally loosens up, Hudson is flooded with emotions. Falling for Jude wasn’t part of Hudson’s life plan. But when vindictive rumors about the commune begin to spread, love might be all he has left.
About Posy RobertsPosy Roberts writes about romantic male love. Whether her characters are family men, drag queens, or lonely men searching for connections, they all find a home in her stories.
Posy is married to a man who makes sure she doesn’t forget to eat or sleep; her daughter, a budding author and dedicated Whovian, helps her come up with character names. When Posy’s not writing, she enjoys crafting, hiking, and singing spontaneously about the mundane, just to make normal seem more interesting.
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