Compromise is an important aspect to learn, especially if you are an almost teen sharing a bedroom with your twin sister. My elder girls are about as different as night and day and that includes nearly everything including musical tastes. While they both have very eclectic taste in music- like thier mom and dad- they both have favorite artists and it will come as no surprise to anyone that they bands they love are on a completely different spectrum.
So we come to a couple months ago. We're on our way to the beach for the day, just me and the girls. It's time to pick a cd for the road. I flip through a bunch of cd's they have burned from their itunes and I see one called 'The Katy/Amy cd.
"What's this one?" I ask.
"That's the Katy/Amy cd. We made it because it has both our favorites on it and that way we don't fight over what to listen to in our room." said Maddy.
"Ok.., " I thought, "Why not, let's give it a whirl."
I popped it in and heard the angelic lilting voice of Amy Lee from Evanescence. Of course backed by the heavy rock feel that they are known for. It certainly is moody music putting the listener in an introspective place. So we're driving, we're singing along. The song ends.
Katy Perry blasts on, and it's like we've entered another dimension. Bouncy Bubblegum pop is now throwing our introspection into silly giddiness. And this is how it goes. On and On until we reach the beach. Moody-Happy-Moody-Happy.
It makes me giggle a little to myself because not only is this mish mash of music a lot like the emotions involved in raising pre-teens but it's a lot like the emotions involved in raising Maddy and Gabby who are two so very different people.
Ah well...at least they have learned to compromise. It's a crazy ride.