Ask Bud who his favorite singer is, and he'll give you the same answer every time: "Dierks Bentley."
But put your head next to his while he's listening to his iPod these days, and it's likely that you'll hear a different voice singing these lyrics:
"Now she's riding in the middle of his pickup truck, blaring Hank Jr., yelling "Turn it up!"..."
It's Trace Adkins belting out "Ladies Love Country Boys." Bud can't get enough of it.
For weeks he's been asking me to download it and I've been resisting. I'm not even sure why. The song isn't offensive. It's just - well, it's just such a guy song and, as I've mentioned before, I'm not sure that I'm ready for my little boy to turn into a guy.
I'm afraid there's not much I can do about it, though, especially when I consider the note that Bud brought home with him before his last school break. I'd unpacked his backpack and there among a stack of math and spelling worksheets was a folded scrap of paper with tattered edges, adorned with stickers of bunnies and raccoons, and labeled "To: You Bud."
Inside were more stickers and a handwritten message:
hope you have a Happy vecashion
P.S. You are so cool
I like contry to
I like Dirks Bently,
talor SwiFt, Carie
So in the face of this irrefutable evidence, I think I have to admit that Trace and Bud just might be right.
Ladies really do love country boys.