Mama Diaries

Monday, April 15, 2019

Pump Up the Volume

Like most teenagers, my boy likes the volume of music to be loud. It drives me crazy.

"Can't you hear it at a lower level?" I asked when it was blaring out of his room.

"Yeah," he said. "But it's more fun when it's loud." 

Fast forward to later in the day when I had to drive him somewhere. He knows I dislike it when he turns the volume up in my car. He turns it up. I turn it down. So now he has a new way to torment me. Let me tell you about it. When he got into the car, I noticed a black cylindrical apparatus in his hand.

I narrowed my eyes. "What's that?"

He grinned. "You'll see."

A few minutes into our trip, he hooked the thing up to his phone. Then the music started. I tell you what, the windows in my car vibrated from the heavy bass that came out of the apparatus.  The thing he had brought was a speaker. A wireless one.  And it made a whole lot of noise!

The bad news was, I couldn't turn the volume down, which is exactly what he'd planned. But what he hadn't planned on was the wrath of the Mama. Speakers of any kind are now banned. At least in my car and in my presence.

Do any of you have teenagers that blast loud music? Or were any of you teenagers who drove your parents nuts with loud music? 

Before I go, I'd like to let you know about an author interview I did for LitPick. If you'd like to find out where my favorite place to write is, go here


  1. Hi, Sherry!

    I enjoyed reading your latest interview, dear friend. I don't know if I could get much writing done on a hotel balcony overlooking the ocean. It seems like such a lovely setting and so stimulating to the senses that I might not pay much attention to the story I was trying to render.

    I think there is an easy way for you to convert the loud music problem into a win-win. Buy Bubba a good set of headphones, the kind that boost the bass if that's how he likes his music. That way he can play it loud and not bother you at all. It is important that you drive without that distraction, and as long as he doesn't harm his hearing by playing his beats too loudly too often, both of you should be happy with that solution.

    Enjoy your week, dear friend Sherry!

  2. They'd fly through the window under my watch for sure.

  3. Made me think of my youth. I used to love to listen to loud music in the car, now I like it at a normal level. But years ago I listen to rock n' roll, now I listen to classical (but still classical rock n' roll once in awhile).

  4. My daughter probably listened to loud music but she always used headphones. And we never played it loud in the car.

  5. I had a teenager who blasted his music. Now he is a man who doesn't hear very well.


  6. Oh, those stupid speakers. The kiddos bring them to school... Yup, they are now forbidden to be used on campus.

    I was the opposite. I'd come home from school and turn my mom's stereo down. And she'd turn it back up. We're still that way. She loves to blast her music, and I'd rather it be softer. (She's in her 70s now.)

  7. I used to love to listen to loud music....I like it at a normal level in recent days.

    Have a wonderful day

  8. I'm pretty sure my kids wouldn't even try that with'd be a lost battle for them.

  9. Funny how our life cycles come around. Teens like it loud, and geezers need it loud ;)
    And in between lies sanity.

  10. Blaring music was a thing when I was a teenager, but thankfully neither or my kids liked it that loud which is good because they both like country :(

  11. My kids aren't teenagers yet but they both listen to their tablets at the highest level like they are deaf. Drives me crazy. I give your son points for creativity.

  12. I love your stories Sherry! I have to admit, if there is a good song on, I do turn up the radio! But, if there is a lot of traffic, I don't. I want to hear and see what is going on around me. I don't want to be distracted! Happy Easter and Big Hugs!

  13. Great interview!!!! I never new about Germany and France!! Wow girl, you are talented!