The 80's, The Smiths and a Music Linky

Hi, I don't know how much you know about me, I am never sure how much people want to know about me vs. just getting to the classroom stuff. But I am going to share a little bit about me - feel free to stop reading (just don't tell me you stopped, I am really sensitive).

I am the proud momma of two amazing daughters (probably the same level of amazing of everyone kids but these two are mine). My oldest daughter just turned 13. Raising kids is hard - you are forever second guessing yourself and thinking about them and worrying about them and clothing them and spending money on them and FEEDING them. But it is also a great joy.

One of the great joys that my husband and I are experiencing right now is relieving our teenage years with our daughter. No, I am not trying to live vicariously through my daughter. I am literally relieving my own teenage years.

You see my daughter is OBSESSED with all things 80's (actually we are moving on to the early 90's as well).

She owns every John Hughes movie and we watch them all the time! She went through a huge Outsiders phase - both the book and the movie and like all girls of the 80's loved Sodapop/Rob Lowe (who has aged extremely well by the way).

She has recently read - and so of course I read  - this book:

If you have not read this book and are a fan of YA you should really read this book. They talk about The Smiths and The Cure and sigh so much good music from my youth. Plus it is a great story.

Once I find an author I tend to try to read all of their books so I have also read

The last one is an adult book - chic lit as some would say - easy reading fun I say.

To highlight the fact that I really am living my teenage years, my girlfriend and I took my teenage daughter and her teenage son (14) and this is what they bought. Him - a Clash London Calling t-shirt. Her - 3 CDs - Pretty in Pink Soundtrack, The Smiths and Nirvana. We are living in a time warp.

My daughters favourite song is How Soon is Now by The Smiths. Listening to this song (over and over and over) as an adult now made me realize that it would be a great song to teach with - you don't even need to use the whole thing just this part would do:

I am the son
and the heir
of a shyness that is criminally vulgar
I am the son and heir
of nothing in particular.
Until my daughter read the book Elanor and Park she thought it was I am the sun and the air!
If you are looking for songs to teach with you need to check out my friend Nick's new linky, Tunes  Tuesday. I love the idea of teaching with songs, it is like teaching with poems, but with more instruments : )

Well, I guess that is it, enough about my little life here at home. I will be back for a figurative language flippin Friday tomorrow!


  1. HA! I have to laugh...I always thought it was "I am the sun, and the air..." too! How funny! I've been listening to that song for almost 30 years like that. Ha!

    I love all that 80s music/movies too. I am a child of the 70s & 80s, and I think everything that came from those two eras are the best ever. Ohhh, I miss it.

    Hey, those Rainbow Rowell books sound kinda fun. Are they any good as read alouds? For 4th graders? Or is it mostly for teens?

    Teaching Powered by Caffeine

  2. I didn't stop reading...not because you're sensitive, but because I truly love when others share about themselves and...well...I love you. You and I always cut up on email, so I already love your sense of humor. It's nice to read something besides "teachery" stuff. Let's face it....we do that teachery stuff all day. It's good to let our personalities show through. So, THANK YOU for writing this. I'm going to have to check these books out. I too went through a huge Outsiders phase when I was your daughter's age...I might need to bust that bad boy back out. How fun that your daughter is going back in time...I bet she is eating up stories that you and your hubby have! Less than 24 hours until I become a permanent couch fixture...jealous??
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

  3. Loved learning a bit more about you, friend! I am totally heading over to Amazon now to check out that author! I love chic lit {and why lie, YA reads, too!} SO lucky that you don't have a teenage daughter like I was! Ha. My poor parents!

    Lucky to Be in First

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  5. AMC~ I'm right in the same boat with my daughter. I've introduced her to The Breakfast Club, and St. Elmo's Fire is next. LOL She has started to wear my converse sneakers which I have loved since FOREVER!
    Have a great weekend!

    Coffee Cups and Lesson Plans

  6. Loved getting to know you more!! It's always good to get to know the person behind the computer!!
    A Tall Drink of Water

  7. Loved getting to know you more. I grew up in the 80's and my oldest daughter (20 yrs) loves the music of the 80's & 90's. For my birthday last year, she surprised me with tickets for her and I to the Backstreet Boys concert. It was the best!! My other daughter (16 yrs.) hates our music. She is totally into today's music. But, we all love Doris Day, Audrey Hepburn, I Love Lucy and other old shows. Great post!

    1. My kids are growing up too fast - but it is nice that they are at an age where we can share more interests : ) We are Audrey Hepburn fans too!

  8. Sounds like you've got one cool kid!! You took me into a time warp just by reading this!! ;)

    Mrs. Beattie's Classroom


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