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My Child, the Pop Culture Expert

If you listen to Top 40 radio at all, you’ve probably heard an annoying earworm of a song by Flo Rida called “Whistle.” If you haven’t been unfortunate lucky enough to experience this song, this is the chorus:

can you blow my whistle baby, whistle baby
let me know
girl i’m gonna show you how to do it
and we start real slow
you just put your lips together
and you come real close
can you blow my whistle baby, whistle baby
here we go

Oh yeah. A GREAT song for young children. *eyeroll* But it’s catchy and repetitive and I couldn’t tell you how many times it’s been stuck in my head even though I’m not a fan.

Anyway, for those of you who don’t know, my son has Asperger’s Syndrome, which is a form of autism. Basically, that means he doesn’t pick up on social cues like body language, sarcasm, etc. He’s a very black and white thinker and most innuendo goes right over his head. He’s also blissfully unaware of most trends – he didn’t even know who Justin Bieber was until about a year ago (and thank goodness he doesn’t like Justin Bieber’s so-called music, meaning I don’t have to sell him on eBay).

Yesterday when I took him to school we heard “Whistle” in the car and the following conversation ensued.

Jayden: So I was watching stuff on YouTube and I found out something about this song.

Me: Oh really?

Jayden: Yeah. It’s not about an actual whistle.

Me: (feigning shock) It’s not?!?! What’s it about, then?

Jayden: I’m not telling you because it’s inappropriate.

Me: You’re saying this song is inappropriate? Should we turn it off?

Jayden: Well, my mind has already been corrupted after years of public education. But if we could pretend this conversation never happened, I’d feel a lot better about it.

Me: Sure, no problem.


*more silence*

*transition to awkward silence*

Jayden: Well, that escalated quickly.

Maybe he knows more about pop culture than I thought.

About Andrea Whitmer

Andrea is a freelance web developer and mom trying to maintain a sense of humor in an otherwise chaotic world. She blogs in hopes of helping others avoid the same mistakes she made in the past. Join in the discussion here on So Over This, or connect on Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, or Google Plus. You can also subscribe to new posts via RSS so you never miss out!


  1. This is fantastic! I'm sure it was totally awkward… as is that very word. But I truly lol'd.

  2. When we get to Fincon, remind me to tell you the story of when I had "The Talk" with Tristan. You'll get a kick out of it, I'm sure.

  3. Well, as awkward as it may have been it sounds promising at least… right? I don't know I would have brought it up with my mom though…

  4. How funny! When I was a kid the song, "Mama's Got a Squeezebox, Daddy plays All Night" was popular. I'd sing it at the top of my lungs! It wasn't until I was older that I realized what it meant!

  5. Wow, your son speaks better than most adults I know. What an awkward moment between mother and son!

  6. bogofdebt says:

    That's like when I figured out the song "afternoon delight" and what its referring to. I had no idea why my parents laughed at me for the longest time….

  7. Haha that song has been stuck in my head. ugh

  8. did he really say, "well, that escalated quickly" ????????????? This makes me want children! Hilarious!

  9. That's hilarious!!!

  10. Haha I love when my kids throw down pop culture references. Their faves are Arrested Development and The Princess Bride, or Doctor Who. Most people don't know what they are talking about. Especially when they do their Bluth chicken impression.

  11. My Debt Marathon says:

    That's so funny! I just read this aloud and laughed so much. hehe

  12. I LOL'd so hard at your dialogue. Worst song on the top 40 right now, though….well, Call Me Maybe is close.

  13. Ha! I heard that song was in shock! Not because of the content, but because my kids are also singing along with it! Its funny – they know more about this stuff than we really think they do. My wife is a teacher, so I hear all the time about kids with Asperger’s Syndrome. Even though you've got nothing but love for the little guy, times are probably really rough here and there.

  14. Budget & the Beach says:

    too funny. you know with half the pop songs, if you actually READ the lyrics instead of just singing along without paying much attention they would either be offensive or stupid. 🙂

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