(This photo of the right is one of my all-time favorites.)
Recently while driving down the road singing “Come on Eileen” at the top of my lungs (aka “dorking out”–in my minivan, no less), I realized that after 20+ years I still have no idea what they are actually saying. My husband has a particular sentimental attachment to this song because it was a popular party song in his fraternity. Every time it comes on he gets this look in his eye and I can tell he is about to “pogo-stick dance” all over the living room screaming “Come on Eileen” and tell me again about the glory days (okay, some glorious, others less than glorious) of his fraternity. (To be fair to Jake, he is always great about listening to me rehashing my own glory days.) So, I asked Jake if he knew the words to the song–I am always in awe of how many song lyrics he knows–and so he started to sing… “Come on Eileen… I swear at this moment… Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah… you mean everything…Du du du…” A-ha! I knew it! I’m curious to how many people out there really know what that song is all about. Oh well, I love it anyway.
I also love this family… Dan and… wait for it… Eileen! Jake met Dan and Eileen in college. I am sure Eileen has seen the pogo-stick dance. Dan was a fraternity friend of Jake’s and they have remained good friends which means I’ve been lucky enough to get to know them too. I always leave their house wanting to be a better Mom. Eileen is so on top of everything and has this inspiring ability to make sure there is a bit of childhood magic in her kiddos lives. She introduced me to Elf on the Shelf (which my kids went nuts for!), fairy gardens, and elaborate notes from the tooth fairy. Their kiddos are also two of my favorites to photograph. I can’t get enough of their daughter’s freckles and their son’s infectious smile.