Are you a worrier? Or maybe you know someone who WORRIES about E-VERY-TH-ING?
Granny is a worrier-she is a worrier from a family of worriers. Pap not so much-from a family of not so much worriers.
I can’t remember what we were talking about-but one time my cousin Clint and I were discussing our Jenkins family of worriers-how our Aunts and Grandmother cautioned us about everything.
I told him-in my childhood it evened out. On one side I had the worriers who told us to step carefully off the steps of the porch lest we hurt ourselves-but on the other side-I had the folks who’d send a couple of us kids to the woodpile with an ax to chop wood-and I mean kids-like under the age of 10.
Me-I’m more like Pap-not so much of a worrier. But of course there are times I worry-times things upset me-times some incident happens that flashes about my mind like a firestorm. One of the best cures I’ve found for worrying-is to act like a teenager.
No I don’t dress in skinny jeans or any of the other cool clothes our youth of today wear-nor do I text my worries to my list of contacts-nor do I post them to my facebook page-or add them to my tweeter feed.
What do I do that’s usually associated with teenagers? I listen to music as loud as it will go. I put something like the song below in the cd player of my car and I turn the volume as loud as it will go.
I feel the bass beat way down inside my chest; my ears listen to every quick lick the mandolin makes; my mind picks up every time the guitar goes around the horn; I listen for every banjo roll; I count every doublestop the fiddle makes; and I let those harmonic voices put the fire in my mind out.
Once I concentrate on the beauty of the song-on the pile driving emotion held within it-I realize my troubles aren’t that bad after all and whatever is bugging me will all come out in the wash.
A few of my favorite worry blasting tunes in video form:
Do you ever act like a teenager?
p.s. Update from yesterday’s cooking class: We left the apple stack cake sitting-soaking up all that goodness; we made pepper jelly which is an old folk school recipe-it is wonderful; also on the menu-apple, blackberry, and blackberry lavender jelly. I liked the pepper jelly so much-I’ll be making it myself this summer and don’t worry I’ll share the recipe-as well as the recipe for the apple stack cake too!