That’s what popped into my head today. That and the entire lyrics to “I’m Not Afraid” by Eminem. I think they both have stuff in common…I’m not about to go into an in-depth analysis of the song, but aside from the copious amounts of swearing (which is always near and dear to ma heart), the song talks about getting his life back together, and becoming clean….yaddah, yaddah, yaddah….yeah, whatevs. I’m not sure why it mysteriously came flowing into my mind today. I’m not currently strung out on meth or battling my inane addiction to vicks vapo rub or eating copious quantities of laundry detergent that I need some rapper dude to sing this in hopes it will turn my wayward behavior into more appropriately streamlined society-approved activities. ‘Cause we all know the power of a song. Remember Elton’s Crocodile Rock? Sent a myriad of teens out wading around croc-infested waters seeing if those suckers would dance. Crazy teenagers. Left a whole population limbless and wondering what could have possibly gone wrong? Yeah. Back off the demon music, kids. The Devil wants you all dancing his evil dance and drinking his purple koolaid.
The sentimentality part is just how some people are not capable of articulating their emotions adequately enough so those of us around these “emotional fuckwits” are left thinking the above phrase: “They have the sentimentality of a turnip”. Sufficient summation in my opinion. I came to this conclusion today when I remembered Miss H saying to me at a gathering a couple of weeks ago she became overwhelmed with emotion that her youngest daughter , who once would only wear a dress, is now growing up and leaving the dressy-dresses behind. Miss H was sad that the little one was growing up….that’s when the thought of a family member, whom at one time scoffed at mothers who cried when their kids went off to school for the first time; that’s when I came up with the “sentimentality of a turnip”. Perhaps she (family member, not Miss H) was suffering from the turnip disease and needed to release her inner sentimental emotional side for us peeps to see. Perhaps she just wasn’t in tune with the rest of us estrogen laden mothers who hated to see the little ones grow up so fast, which means we in turn are getting older. Maybe we want to hold on to their little hands a little bit longer so we can remember what it’s like to be five and seeing the big wide world for the first time. Maybe we want to be able to dress the little girls in dresses a bit more before they opt for the short skirts or holy jeans or *gasp* the Goth look! Maybe we want our little boys to marvel at how much we are a heap of mysterious information that only Mommies know like how to make the perfect PB &J sandwich and how to make his blanket smell better. Or maybe we just like to be called Mommy a little bit longer. Maybe. Not that it’s happened to me personally. Not that I’ve been thinking all of that since D2 has her prom dress ready and proudly hanging on her closet door for her soon to be grad celebrations. Not that I have been lamenting my older age, my lack of babies around the ‘hood and how fast everybody seems to be flying through life. Not that that’s happening to me. I’m just putting it out there for the other peeps who may be suffering in silence and hide behind the old turnip disease instead of shedding a tear or making a comment. I’m putting myself out into the wide world so that the others can step forward and say ‘yeah, I cried when my youngest no longer needed his pacifier, or yeah I was sad when I had to give away the majority of Barbie and her Summer home to the Goodwill. I was sad when Bob the Builder toy work bench no longer suited my son’s play time. He’s opted for Black Ops instead.” Yeah…I hear ‘ya. But, sometimes a little emotion just reminds the rest of us mortals that you too are human. Just sayin’……
5 thoughts on “The Sentimentality Of A Turnip”
Beautiful thoughts, Rogue.
Congratulations on D2’s impending graduation!
(And I think turnips are quite tasty in soup.)
(A soup of tears, that is.)
Thought provoking with a subtle, embedded rant … I actually with a turnip yesterday.
I’m not sentimental. I’m as romantic as you are. The idea, you know,
is that the sentimental person thinks things will last, while the romantic
person has a desperate confidence that they won’t.
That’s a very good analogy. Thanks for stopping by!