Wednesday, October 03, 2007

I hate music! (But I like to sing.)

Okay, okay, so I don't really hate music. I do however, like to sing much more than I like to analyze music. I like to sing more than I care about the composer and the time period and all the stuff that Joel just loves. I get kind of bored sometimes with all that stuff. Mostly, I just like to sing. (By the way, the title of this blog is the title of a Leonard Bernstein song cycle I once learned in college.)
Anyway, I was humming this song the other day and thinking about how so many things in life are just like that. You kind of have to deal with the stuff you don't love in order to enjoy the things you do like.

For instance:

I hate laundry! (But I like clean clothes.)

I hate cooking! (But I like to eat.)

I hate dieting! (But I like losing weight.)

I hate working out of the home! (But I like being able to pay our bills.)

I hate paying bills! (But I like having electricity.)

I hate scrubbing the toilet! (But I like having a nice smelling bathroom.)

I hate music! (But I like to sing.)

I realize some of those are less poetic than others, but the point is, basically, you don't get something for nothing. And some of these things I hate more passionately than others. Some of them are only mildly annoying, in fact. But either way, I still have to do them if I want to have clean clothes, eat, be thin, pay my bills, turn on the computer, go into the bathroom without gagging, or even sing well.

And it's just a bonus for all of you people out there who actually like to scrub toilets, cook and do laundry.
Lara Neves
Lara Neves

Lara is mom to three daughters—two teens and a tween. She loves to share her parenting and homemaking triumphs and failures here at Overstuffed! She was diagnosed with Lyme disease in 2015 and has been fighting it ever since. When she isn't working on her mother of the year award, you can find her reading, singing, or taking photos.


  1. Ha!!! I love this... OK, let me throw a couple out there...

    I hate being grumpy (but i'm not on zoloft anymore)

    I hate waking up early (but I get so much more done)

    I hate being sick (but i love being pregnant)

    I hate makin' whoopy when i'm exhausted (but i love Hank)

    I hate scrapbooking (but i love the end result.) Sorry girls, no offense-

    I hate my stretchmarks & saggy breasts (but i LOVE my babies!)

  2. It's a good lesson to remember and teach our kids!

  3. Great blog, Lar!! No free lunches as I always said!!

  4. ARE there people out there that like it?
    I mean, I hate it -- but I do it, dutifully.... kind of like going to funerals. :)

  5. Heehee. Last night, The Dragon had an "accident" as we were preparing to make dinner. I told hubby to start dinner, and I'd go clean her up.

    When I got up there, I realized that not only had we had a "number 1" accident, but that "number 2" was also involved. Eew.

    So I called down to hubby and said "Hey! We need to trade!"

    He, of course, said it was too late.

    But truth be told... I would rather clean her up then cook dinner anyway.

    The point is - isn't it funny what things we love and what things we despise... and how different it is for each one of us?

    BTW, I only "enjoy" (HA! Enjoy is definitely not the right word, but I'm lacking for the correct one) cleaning up my own kids. If it had been someone else's kid I would've been in the kitchen FOR SURE.

  6. Thanks. I needed a good reminder about why I have to do the things I hate doing.

  7. So funny and so true. So what happens when it's the other way around? I love cooking, but hate washing the dishes. I'll tell you what I get. A dirty kitchen that I don't like going in, and have to go clean it at 11:30 while everyone else is asleep!!!

    And REALLY I am interested in what Diet you are doing. I know you said you were frustrated at one pound a week, but it's better than where I am. . . standing still!

  8. Sometimes it's so hard to "love" where we are in our lives at any given point. There just seems to be so many "things" that MUST be done in order for everything else to function properly. I think it's great that there is a good outcome for all the yuckiness!

  9. Hate music.. GASP GASP!!! LOL LOL... this is a GREAT blog with many good points in it!!!

    My son came home today to tell me that Beethoven(sp??) ( I hate to spell but love to write) was abused and beaten by his drunken father and forced to play the piano in taverns... Got to love the 12 year old mind.. LOL LOL

    My son is extemely musically inclined but lacks the self confidence to go forward.. so I said "is that what I'm gonna have to do to make you successful"?jokingly of course.. He said "please no.. I really WANT to love my parents..."..

    Got to love kids!!! Ü

  10. I've always say I was the type of person born to have a maid - I can not keep a neat/clean house for the life of me but clutter and grime drive me absolutely up a wall. Today I tried setting the timer just for 25 minutes of cleaning when I got home from work. I think if I did that every day & the rest on weekends, I'd have some semblance of order. Yeah right.