For those who have been following the unfolding saga of Bud and the length of Dierks Bentley's hair (in three different installments), I offer yet another chapter.
These days Bud has been proving that he's not a boy who runs from a challenge. Indeed, he is a boy who faces his fears head-on (as it were), seeking out the the things that unsettle him so that he can deconstruct and demystify them.
For the past week, Bud's most-requested and most-watched video has been Dierks Bentley's "Settle for a Slowdown." You can watch it here, and when you do you will probably notice the two things in it that have captivated Bud:
1. Bud's friend Dierks has long hair, and
2. Bud's friend Dierks is caught outside in a thunderstorm.
Bud watches the video as often as I'll let him. Each time he watches, he narrates the action as it happens. He is drawn, especially, to the flashes of lightning and he watches intently as his hero faces the storm outside and the storm within, as the rain starts falling, as his long hair clings, dripping, to his face. And somehow - somehow - watching this happen again and again, narrating it as it happens, Bud seems to be emboldened by it. The lightning in the video becomes a little less scary with each subsequent viewing. And while it hasn't yet transferred to a comfort with real-life lightning, it has got to be a good start. (There is a tag line here about "settling for a slowdown" that begs to be written, but, really, that's the easy way out, isn't it? I'll resist.)
For some reason, Bud is also fascinated by the fact that in this video Dierks appears to live in a mobile home. Bud says he would really, really like to visit a "car house."
There are two other high-rotation videos on Bud's playlist these days - both featuring long-haired men, interestingly enough. The first is Keith Urban's "I Told You So," which also features a storm and seems to have the same emboldening effect on Bud. The second is Eric Church's "Guys Like Me," the bulk of which takes place in a pool hall. This weekend as we watched the video, Bud stared at the screen and asked "They're in a church?"
"No," I explained. "His name is Eric Church. They're in a bar."
And that was it - he was off: "I want to go to a bar!" he said. And then he continued to say it all weekend long: "I want to go to a bar. Can we go to a bar? Let's go to a bar!"
Knowing Bud, his preoccupation with bars will continue all week. I have to admit, I can't help but wonder what they thought at school today about the way we spend our weekends.