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Day 74: That time I cried on the way home from swimming lessons. And winning with Pandora.

Long title today!

So, I cried on the way home from swimming lessons this morning. A good cry. One where you smile! It was because of this on the radio.

I'm not a huge Trace Adkins fan, but I enjoy a few of his songs, including "You're Gonna Miss This." I get annoyed when older moms or grandmas tell me to "treasure every moment" when my kids are freaking out at the grocery store or something like that. But I know they are right! I will miss having all the little kids. These are some good times. My boys are so sweet and even though I complain about their antics, I do love them dearly.

It's not uncommon that I long for an occasional carefree day of youthfulness from high school or college (specifically the summers!). Sometimes my husband and I wistfully remember the days of our early marriage and wonder if that was really us. I can confidently say, though, that I while I long for a silly summer day on the lake or sleeping until 11 on a Saturday morning, I wouldn't give up where I am in my life, or who I've become. Sometimes I need a song to remind me.

So I thought that was it, but then I pulled up my beloved Wallflowers Pandora station this afternoon and Pandora killed it! I was squealing with delight at each song that played while the boys humored me and laughed at my lip syncing. I knew Pandora was winning when I heard The Calling's "Wherever You Will Go"* followed immediately by The Verve Pipe's "The Freshmen."* A steady stream of Matchbox 20/Rob Thomas/Tabitha's Secret** followed, and I really can't think of a time when that would be wrong! The Wallflowers. Tom Petty. So good. I experienced all the grateful feelings for Pandora's algorithms today!

*I had backstories about these two songs and why I love them so much. I'm not sure if people care. I care. It seemed like that might be boring? But maybe if you actually read this little journal regularly, you might actually care, or maybe you expect to be bored and you're OK with that? I'll probably never know. "The Freshmen" came out when I was a freshman! So that's super profound, right? 

**If you don't know Tabitha's Secret, I feel sad for you. It was basically Matchbox 20 before they were Matchbox 20. I was really into their music the semester I lived in Florida (which was well after Matchbox 20's popularity) and I just can't help but smile at their music. Love me some Rob Thomas. 


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