I hate Kansas, have I mentioned that? The band, not the state. It’s one of those kinda irrelevant details that most people probably wouldn’t know about me. The capitol of Illinois is Springfield, the square root of 4 is 2, and Aunt Becky hates 70’s ass rock bands.

I mean, I loves me MANY ass rock bands–The Scorpions come to mind here and I have to giggle because, well, obviously–just as much as anyone else on the planet, perhaps more, but somehow most of the Bands Named After States or Cities That Came Out In The 70’s tend to grate on my nerves.

Well, that and Rush. I hate Rush even more than I hate Kansas and last I checked, they’re not named after any city or state. Unless it’s the State of Suckiness! ZING!

(Paradoxically, I love Super Tramp. Which makes no sense whatsoever, I’m aware.)

But my eternal hatred of Kansas, which started when I was in 7th or 8th grade and my boyfriend professed that he loved “Dust in the Wind,” a song whose corn-ball factor approaches the top of my Corniness factor (also on the top of that list: “More Than Words,” “Everything I Do (I Do It For You),” and my personal favorite: “Winds of Change.”), my disdain for Kansas abruptly stopped on November 1st.

November 1st is Callum’s birthday. Callum is my friend C’s son, who was born still on November 1st. To commemorate this day, C has partnered with a company called HipMelon who make and design super sassy slings (alliteration much?).

To honor sweet Callum, HipMelon and C designed a sling called “Carry On My Wayward Son.” HipMelon Baby Wear will donate the full purchase price of all Carry on My Wayward Son slings purchased to stillbirth research in the name of Callum, son to HipMelon founder, C, who was born still at 34 weeks gestation on November 1, 2007.

Carry on, sweet boy. Carry on.

So, all week long, “Carry On My Wayward Son,” has been playing on repeat in the back of my brain. Shockingly, I DID NOT TRY AND STAB MY EARDRUM WITH A PENCIL. In fact, thinking of how it might now remind me of Callum, I sort of liked it.

I figured I’d order the sling, wear Amelia while remembering Callum, and feel good about myself for donating to stillbirth research. It was a win-win situation.

Until all of C’s other friends ordered up all of the “Carry On My Wayward Son” slings.

Because HipMelon is such a cool company, they have decided to donate the full purchase price of any sling purchased by C’s friends; ANY OF THESE SWEET ASS SLINGS, for the whole month of November, to stillbirth research. If you want to be a part of this, make sure to let Cheryl know at checkout that you came via My Resurfacing (C’s blog).

It’s a great cause, and it’s a practical gift. I am planning on ordering “Flowers In The Attic” for myself, because it’s flipping cool. I will proudly wear it, and I will remember Callum, and all of the other babies born still.

So, C, it looks like you were able to change my mind on the whole “Kansas Doesn’t Always Suck Now” thing, but you can’t take away my hatred of Rush.

So don’t even try.



31 Responses to Carry On My Wayward Son

  • c. says:

    Thanks for this, Becks.

    As for Rush, well, they are Canadian…and I’m Canadian. Are you sure I can’t convince you to like them just a little? I mean, if you’re just not looking at them, they’re okay, aren’t they???

    XO. XO.

  • melanie says:

    what an awesome thing to do……..I wish I hadnt bought my complicated ring sling that my daughter seems to hate……..otherwise I would so snatch ones of these up.

  • SciFi Dad says:

    I would totally buy one of those slings if we didn’t have seven at home already (sadly, I am not kidding; my wife has seven different slings… she needs to “know her options”) and I wasn’t afraid of the house being overrun with fabric that’s not quite a napkin, not quite a blanket.

    But still, this is a totally awesome idea.

  • Catizhere says:

    What a great thing.

    I too, hate Kansas and Rush and Boston. Let’s not forget the Bay City Rollers.

    I do love Chicago.

  • Amy says:

    You are awesome for posting this. However, I must say, you will hate me now, as I love RUSH and one of their songs is even posted on my blog! Urg, sorry!

    The slings are awesome and Amelia will look beautiful in her sling!

  • Kristine says:

    Those slings are awesome. I had always planned to carry Landon around in a sling. And then I had a C-section. And he was ginormous. And wearing him hit me right at my scar, which made me fall down in pain, which is not a good idea when wearing a newborn. Well, there’s always next time.

    Amelia’s sling is beautiful.

  • Brooke says:

    I’m so on my way to check them out. I think that this is the coolest thing ever. Way to go C and HipMelon. There is a good possibility that I will need one come February (to be blogged about soon. No,I’m not pg)

  • Rachel says:

    I must confess a secret love affair with 80’s hair bands….
    And now I’m going to check out the slings. Mr. Farty has a Playtex ‘hip hammock’ now that his chubby self is too big for most other types. Who knew that my 6-month old son would weigh 22 lbs?

    I hope your friends are doing ok. There is nothing like the pain of losing a child.

  • Mark says:

    What about bands named after continents. Asia? Europe? Don’t forget them. They suck, too. When is the final countdown to their nonexistence?

  • Karen says:

    70s soft rock…my favorite. I am firing up a Styx cd right now. Great cause.

  • kalakly says:

    Ahhh…see there you go getting me all teary eyed again. If you don’t stop being nice I’m never gonna believe all the scary psycho, boot legged, nose bleedin’, pg tales you tell.

    I still totally puffy heart you dude.

  • Kyddryn says:

    If I had the dosh, I’d order one – as it is, all I could do was send the link to this blog to some friends who have or are having babies and hope maybe one of them will find a sling they can’t live without. Sigh. Thanks for the opportunity.

    Shade and Sweetwater,

  • Anjali says:

    I’ll be singing that song the rest of the day…

  • chris says:

    Combining humor, honest, and heart…now that’s what I call talent!

  • Heather P. says:

    What an awesome company! Thanks for the link.
    Like you I really hate the groups Kansas, and Rush.
    Add to that Styx and Air Supply.
    I gave you a blog award yesterday, so cruise by my blog and check it out. 😉

  • heather says:

    I’ve had that song (which I, personally, loooove btw!) in my head since I read the original post. You think they make one big enought to corral the Beans? I think I’ll go see for myself. Thanks for the links.

  • Oh I love BOTH of those patterns!
    and what a wonderful way to donate 🙂

  • shay says:

    I’m so out of touch I thought at first you meant the state and I wondered how you could hate a poor defencless little state so much lol.
    Then I went…oooooooooooohhhhhhhhh!

    I’m broken for C and her lost son and for all the other little ones lost and the heart ache they leave behind. I agree the Chey at Hipmelon rocks! My last baby (also, coincidentally named Amelia) is much too old for a sling now so I can only look on and be awed by my friends generosity!

    Happy Baby growing to you!

  • How incredibly beautiful! Those slings are awesome. I wish I knew someone in my life who was having a baby!

  • Fancy says:

    Oh, how very sad and sweet. While I will absolutely have no need for a baby sling ever again, my cousin’s daughter is pregnant, so I will check it out.

  • baseballmom says:

    How cool-why didn’t they have those when I had babies. Makes me want to have another…oh. Never mind. Anyway, I like floriental too. I used to like Rush, but then I noticed that Geddy Lee’s voice sounds like a rubber band or something, then I stopped liking them. I HATE Air Supply, and Loverboy, but I like Kansas sometimes and Boston.

  • Danielle says:

    I am SO glad you wrote this! I Found her blog and the post about the slings last night! I am going to try to buy one for my friend who is due soon. Every time I think about buying a sling, even if I may not need it, it makes me cry! It’s an amazing, beautiful, thoughtful, selfless and much more thing for that company to do! Kudos to them!

  • tash says:

    Wait, what? Hate Rush? ok, they’re not my favorite band ever, but watching the dude live in the middle of his eight-billion piece surround percussion set was really very cool. Shit I’m old.

    And isn’t C the coolest? Wish I had a reason to get one.

  • Edward says:

    Aww…I like that song! The sling sounds cool! I tried to sling my kiddos but was never too good at it but how many men are?

  • Sarah says:

    I hate Rush and Kansas (a good quarter of the state, too) and “More Than Words” as well. And I hate the heartbreak of stillbirth. What an awesome thing to do!

  • Badass Geek says:

    How very awesome of them to donate that money.

    I do find myself needing to ask you this: If you don’t like bands named after cities or states (ie. Kansas, America, Boston), do you like the band Chicago because they’re from your neck of the woods?

  • mumma boo says:

    What a wonderful way to honor someone. I’m just sad that it needed to be done in the first place. I hope this helps your friend to heal a bit more.

    And I totally agree with you re: Rush.

  • Jenn says:

    I love Rush.
    And you, with your BAD ASS exterior and your mushy gushy “I love kittens and puppies” insides.

  • Melissa says:

    OMG! I love the slings. I would totally pick the one you did. AWESOME. Forwarded this on to all my pregger friends. What a great cause. Thank you.

  • That’s amazing! I just clicked and they are all sold out! Wow.

  • Just to let you I LOVE Rush, and I would appreciate it if you kept your opinion of the greatest Prog Rock band of all time to yourself.

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