The 80’s Were Awkward


Parenthood is always shedding new light on things you used to take for granted. For example, “Papa Don’t Preach” came on the radio as I was browsing the body wash at Duane Reade while my son slept in the stroller (taking full advantage of my hour of ‘me time’) and even though I’ve heard that song throughout most of my life, this time I immediately wondered what my parents must have thought when I would sing all the lyrics at the top of my lungs when I was 8 years old. I just pictured my dad saying, “Shirley, she’s singing that weird song about the pregnant teenager deciding if they should get an abortion again, what do we do?” That had to be a little awkward.

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