An Open Letter To Taylor Swift

Dear Taylor Swift,

Hi. I’m just going to come out and say it. I love you. I love your music. I love your style. And I don’t care what anyone else thinks. I think you’re awesome.

This 31-year-old stay-at-home mom can’t help but sing along to your catchy tunes while my girls dance around the living room. When you sing about heartbreak I just want to give you a big Panda bear hug. I want to send you a pint of ice cream and a copy of You’ve Got Mail. If that movie doesn’t restore your faith in love, I don’t know what will.

One of my 3-year- old’s favorite songs of yours is “Mean.” Although she’s too young to understand the poignancy of it, I really love the message it sends. I love that it has come to stand for something greater than you had originally intended and how you’ve fully embraced that. Bullies and bullying aren’t exclusive to elementary, middle, or high school. We come across them in college, in the workplace, and in everyday life. You’ve given those who have ever been bullied an anthem.

Another song my girls really like is “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together.” Purely for its upbeat tempo and how much fun it is to sing the chorus. The video is so bright and cheery. My 3-year-old loves the animal costumes. I wish more songs about breaking up were this enjoyable.

“Picture to Burn” is one of my personal favorite break-up/rant songs. I love the whole screw-you-you-suck-you-were-a-complete-waste-of-time-and-now-I’m-going-to-rock-out vibe. Plus the video with the seemingly innocent practical joke/revenge tactics is pretty hilarious.

“Never Grow Up” is a song that really tugs at my heartstrings. Sometimes I wish that my girls could stay young forever. Time moves way too quickly. Pretty soon they won’t need me to tuck them into bed. They won’t need goodnight kisses. They won’t want me to be their best friend anymore. Seeing your kids grow up is both the best thing and the hardest thing about parenthood.

Now let’s talk about your style. Simple, modern, and feminine. You can’t really go wrong with that combination. From head-to-toe, your style is perfection. Just one question though: how do you do that cat-eye liner thing? I’ve tried it and it never turns out quite right.

I know you’ve already got your Red Tour dates all set, Taylor, but how about adding one more show? Like in Hawaii, perhaps? Just think about it.


About the Author

Arbine is a food geek who is a teensy bit obsessed with baking, blogging, and Doctor Who. She is currently a stay-at-home mom who enjoys every stress inducing minute of it. She will never turn down bacon wrapped anything, a nap, a cheeseburger with French fries, a trip to Paris, or watching You’ve Got Mail. Arbine lives in Hawaii with her husband, two sassy bass daughters, and dog. You can find her on her personal blog MyShinyLife: Musings of a wife, mother, and food geek.



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  1. I heard that “Mean” song on Christmas Eve and still have it in my head. Those songs are so darn catchy. “We ee are never, ever, ever…getting back together…you go talk to your friends, talk to my friends, talk to me…”. And I have boys, so how do I know this? ;)

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