I am deeply unhip. I have said it before. I’ll say it again. I just said it now. There is no shame in my lack of game. I have no idea what is currently popular on the radio. I have no clue who is on American Idol. I have no idea if American Idol is even still on the air. I don’t have cable. I don’t play Words With Friends (because I haven’t figured out how to access the app) and I have no clue how to navigate a Twitter party. I tried the “Tweetdeck” last night and jumped off almost immediately…thereby committing Twitter party suicide. Need I go on?
I have been dreading the moment that recently occurred in my kitchen since my oldest daughter made her brutally slow debut into the world. She has officially started her relationship with pop culture. On Monday, over a plate of dino nuggets and smiley face potatoes, my SIX YEAR OLD professed her love for Justin Bieber. Holy Mother of Thor. As if it wasn’t hard enough to develop a meaningful and kick-ass relationship, here comes Justin Beiber and his, what I hear is, blonde hair and (apparently?) heartthrob good looks to call me out for the hardcore out of touch 30-something I am. Damn you, Bieber. Damn you hard.
My daughter, through no guidance by her parental units, discovered “the Biebs”. Discovered seems like much too kind a word. People discover cures for illness, planetary systems and fossils. Correction: she tripped over him. Bieber is the neglected, pot hole laced highway and she is the tread bare tire. Like a mosquito loves the zapper. Like a fly loves shit. This is how my daughter loves “The” Bieber. She repeatedly sings the chorus of one nameless, siren song. If I were to guess the name, I’d have to use the singular line repeated ad nauseum at a decibel only audible by bees, dogs and this horrified mother. “BAY-BAH, BAY-BAH, BAY-BAH…AHHHHH!” Kill. Me. Now.
In addition to proclaiming her undying love, she has also requested a Justin Bieber poster for her room…that she shares…with a 2 year old. It’s nice to have dreams. Everyone should. It’s also nice to be brought back down to Earth by the life lesson that you can’t always get what you want. Maybe kids are right. Parents just don’t understand. True, but, if a life sentence of Bieber Fever is my chance at understanding, I’m fine living in total darkness, in a dark cave in a dark land where it is dark…all the time
Is this my karma for my boom box blasting of Tiffany, Debbie Gibson and Sound Garden? Was my love for Keds, Umbro and Hypercolor so obnoxious that I must now be forced to endure Justin Bieber? Is Biebs my pound of flesh?
Dear random kid who inoculated my daughter with a hefty dose of the Heeby Biebees, I’m coming for you.