When TSwift first bought a house (errr… my dream home) in Rhode Island, there was a lot of hubbub. Me, in my late twenties, didn’t give two hoots. In fact, I didn’t give one. There were stories of her moving rocks from the ocean for whatever reason and demanding privacy and all sorts of things… and I turned sour on her. She, after all, doesn’t get to do whatever she wants just because she’s a celebrity.
But she does do whatever she wants. Taylor Swift is Taylor Swift… and that means business. And, unlike SO MANY young celebs, she wants to give back. Most recently she donated $15k of her cash to a GoFundMe. Which totally made me cry, but she’s apparently known for this.
When I opened up my Parents magazine (June 2015), reading just the first few pages in my favorite hiding spot- Addie’s step stool in the bathroom- I read a lot of what I didn’t know, but need to. Addie has been all about Taylor since she started to show favoritism in music. Taylor Swift is down-to-Earth and oddly, familiar to me. It made me laugh to think that, but really it made me think back to a few weeks ago when I wrote about dreams I have. A lot of them have to do with giving… money, time, whatever I could (currently, my most readily available commodity is breastmilk, of which I’ve donated 7,000 oz), but But more than that… she’s encouraged my daughter to shake it off. No really… the kid told me in one of my panic-induced-must-clean-the-house-for-a-showing moments to calm down, mama. Shake it off. And I did, because Addie was right. Just calming down, letting go, blasting some Taylor Swift… that made cleaning so much more fun for everyone. And we got out of the house, dog and all, with smiles on our faces!
That’s not really the point, though. The point is that she changed this once-hardcore, punk loving mama into a TSwift fan. A. Fan. What do they call those kids? Swifties? Someone who, if they could, would pay for tickets to see her concerts. I love this girl woman for all she’s taught me. Just watching her video of Shake it Off reminded me of all the awkward moments of my youth. How being different emotionally, can bring someone to the point of wanting nothing more of life. As we move towards new beginnings- (hopefully) a larger house, closer to Dave’s job- leaving Rhode Island has a lot of bittersweet-ness. I love that this is a place of such beauty, both in its sights and in the people who choose to be here. My mama heart needs to know there are still good role-models out there for our girls. That the desire to emulate a celebrity will have some wholesome moments… and even some where they wear too much makeup.
And then there’s my favorite video of Shake it Off, from our friend Riley, who always makes me smile… and reminds me again and again, how awesome just one song can be:
Taylor Swift is but a young woman, carving her path as once I chose to do… and damn it, sometimes you have to move mountains, or rocks, to get there. With the amount of people I beg the gods above to not influence my daughter, I hope Addie stays a fan of Taylor into her youth and teens. Her message is important, her style is fun, and she’s beautiful without working out the sex-appeal to the maxx (but damn, she’s legit gorgeous)! And really, we all wrote songs and letters about breakups… Taylor Swift just happens to make millions from it! Gone are the moments I spent judging the girl who shared her broken heart experiences, often ringing true to relationships I’d been in (nope… we are never. Ever. Ever getting back together You-Know-Who), emotions I’d been angsty over (there were lots of You look like my next mistake boys), and my ever favorite Never Grow Up, which brings me to my knees whenever I hear it.
Taylor… please keep making music that reminds us to be humble, appreciate our roots and love so wholly. And please, keep being you- our mama hearts need a good role model for our girls. Your poster is going on the wall… for sure!