Tuesday, September 9, 2008


I sing. I sing in the shower. I sing in the car. I sing along with the radio. I sing loud, I sing proud and I have no talent whatsoever. In fact, the first time D1 put two words together in a sentence, it was to say, “no sing”, as she put her hand over my mouth when I was singing her to sleep. (D2 thinks I sing beautifully by the way. She is a darling, sweet child OR she could be tone deaf OR she just knows on which side her bread is buttered.)

A few days ago, I was driving into town by myself. The CD player was blasting out some of my favorite tunes. I had the volume cranked up the way you do when you are in the car alone. I’m singing my heart out to Ain’t No Mountain High Enough. (The best one - Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell) As I’m slowing to a stop at a red light, I hear someone honking their horn. At first I didn’t think the horn was directed at me and I proceeded. Once stopped, I’m still singing and again I hear this horn. I look for the source of this interruption and find a big ole SUV beside me with a man behind the wheel waiving to me. I’m sure I had that “what the….” look on my face until I finally realized that it was my friend, who I will call the rocket scientist. (because he really is one) I smiled and waived back with that sheepish grin you get when you’ve been caught red-handed. I don’t know why I was so embarrassed but I was. I mean, everybody sings in the car, right?

Now, if my friend, RS, pays any attention to the drivel that his spouse, who I will call The Trophy Wife, and I dish out, he will know that I am famous for singing in the car with my daughters and usually have a hairbrush or a wire whisk as my substitute microphone. The Trophy Wife even bought me my very own travelling microphone just for this purpose. But I don’t think he pays that much attention to our chatter. So I’m left feeling embarrassed and wondering if I was the topic of conversation at the dinner table that evening.

Referring to my friend as The Trophy Wife is done with tongue in cheek. She is in fact beautiful and in great shape and looks like a trophy wife . And I hate her for it. Did I say that out loud? But seriously, she is a brilliant woman who is actually a mechanical engineer (perfect match for the rocket scientist)

So, friends, don’t leave me out here twisting in the wind. Tell me your embarrassing moments in your car. Come on, don’t be shy. I won’t tell a soul. Just between you and me. I promise.


Nothing Fancy said...

Too funny! I guess we all sing in the car. I usually ride with my husband and I hate to torture him, so I hold myself back.

Hubby and I commute to work together, which means he drives while I sleep. I constantly have embarrassing moments which include my face plastered up against the window with my mouth hanging open and drool coming out. Occasionally I'll snore and wake myself up. Hubby is so sweet, he never says anything. But I suspect it works to his advantage and the other drivers likely think he is rushing his "special" friend to the hospital for treatment!

Have a great day!

Midlife Slices said...

I love to sing in the car but I'm wondering why the hell you happen to have a wire whisk in your car. A hair brush I can see, but a wire whisk? Do you whip up a little dinner while you're waiting in line to pick up children at school? lol I don't do anything embarrassing. Nope, nothing at all....ever. Never ever ever. Nope, not me. *waiting for the lightning to strike any second*

Bear Naked said...

No I don't have any embarrassing moments in the car.
I'm perfect-----yeah right.

My problem seems to be that I don't recognize people or other cars who I happen to pass until I am half a block past them.
I don't know how many times people have said, "I honked or waved at you and you didn't notice me."

Hopefully this demonstrates that I am being very cautious and not that I am in my own little dreamland while driving.
Either that or it's time to get my eyeglass prescription checked.

Bear((( )))

Smart Mouth Broad said...

Fancy - I love it. And boy am I jealous that you have a driver to take you to work. My commute is about an hour and I would love to sleep all the way there. Instead I sing to keep myself awake.

Midlife Slices - A whisk is a very versatile tool. I bring one along for this very purpose because it looks so much like a microphone. Of course now, thanks to Trophy Wife, I have a real (fake) microphone.

Bear, we are so much alike. I never notice anything (probably because I'm so busy entertaining the masses with my singing) and it drives MHS crazy because he notices everything. He never seems to have his eyes on the road. LOL

Reader Wil said...

This is such a delightful post! You've a great sense of humour!. I like singing too, but I have no car so I have to do it elsewhere. Singing on my bicycle is very embarrassing, so I guess I'll do it in the bathroom, but no,not there either.... my neighbours will hear that! Oh boy.. I'll probably have to hum and I joined a choir.

Thanks for your visit!

Smart Mouth Broad said...

Reader Wil - Thank you very much for your kinds words and for stopping by my site.
I think your neighbors might find it quite charming to see and hear you singing on your bicycle....or they might just think you're NUTS. LOL

Anonymous said...

Oh, my kids were always whining, "Don't SING, Mom." And if I ever burst into song in the car when their friends were with them, I got a sharp elbow in the ribs. But I sing anyway. I even HARMONIZE!

Great post!


Jan said...

Oh, singing in the car is par for the course.

This isn't exactly embarrassing, but it's amusing: Our license plate reads "Weirdos." One morning we were in a local diner having breakfast, and had parked right next to the huge windows of the place. In a booth, looking out the windows, was an older woman, maybe a little older than me, and a young girl about 10 or 11 (I'm assuming it was her granddaughter).

They'd noticed our plate and we got a great deal of amusement watching their reactions to it. The little girl was just appalled that anyone would put that on their car. Her grandmother, however, thought it was funny.

Smart Mouth Broad said...

msmeta - I think one of the greatest joys of motherhood is being able to embarrass your children. Thanks for stopping by.

Jan - I love it. They say with age comes wisdom but I would add a sense of humor.

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Nanny Goats In Panties said...

Who doesn't sing in the car, especially when they are alone? What I don't get is why people get so embarrassed if caught doing it. Including me!

Twenty Four At Heart said...

Oh I've had an embarrassing moment of two in the car. But I wasn't singing. And I think, really that is all I should say about THAT.

Reader Wil said...

I think they find it nuts, but they are very kind to nutty people here in Holland as long as they are not harmful! And that I am not!
Thanks for your visit again!

whatloknows said...

hahaha, hmmm, well we fixed embarrassing moments inadvertenly i suppose by tinting all the windows!!!

first time visitor here.


Smart Mouth Broad said...

NGIP-I know, right? No more! I'm gonna sing loud and proud! (until it happens again) Sigh.

Twenty-four-Do tell....

Reader Wil-I think our lives are just a little richer when lived as a bit of a nut!

Whatloknows-GREAT IDEA! Why didn't I think of that! Thank you for stopping by.

smiles4u said...

I cannot sing but do you think that stops me? It really should but oh well. Although my little man tells me every day that I sing wonderfully.
Yeah, have some embarassing moments in the car and not just of the singing kind. Okay, now you have brought some good ole memories to my mind to reminice and smile about through out my day!

Smart Mouth Broad said...

Smiles - Isn't it funny how a story or a song can spark so many memories.