Chicago Parent's IT guru Graham Johnston went to
Lollapalooza this weekend and, now that his ears have stopped
ringing, shares his thoughts.
I've come to two conclusions after the spending the weekend at
1. I might have to break down and buy a fedora.
2. Hipster/punk/alternative babies and kids are the cutest thing
ever. The spray-painted hair, gelled and spiked into mohawks, and
rub-on tattoos and ratty t-shirts from their (or, more likely,
their parents') favorite band are just adorable.
I was struck by the fact that these kids, at the average age of
7, have achieved a level of coolness far surpassing my own. And who
do they have to thank for that? That's right: their parents.
My parents never took me to a rock show, they never dressed me
up in an eighties punk band t-shirt and I'm sure any talk of
coloring my hair would have been a non-starter with my dad. By far
the best thing my parents did for me was buy me my first CD - Green
Day's "Dookie." Granted, this was before the days of parental
warning labels, and if mom or dad had listened to more than a
minute of any track on that CD, I highly doubt they'd have gotten
it for me.
Saturday night, the seeds my parents planted with that first CD
-- the memories of that first insane guitar riff, the first drum
solo and the first time I heard four letter words used repeatedly
as song lyrics - all came rushing back as I watched Green Day
perform. I'll spare a complete retelling of the show and just say
it was incredible, and, just like that first CD, unlike anything my
9-year-old ears had ever heard before.
Maybe that was mom and dad's plan all along: Pretend we didn't
know what we're doing, pretend we weren't trying to making him
cool. So thanks, Mom and Dad, but please don't freak out if one day
your grandchildren show up with pink hair, tiny fedoras and Green
Closing thought, the coolest parent-child combo from
Lollapalooza? The parents who sent their daughter up on stage
during the Green Day concert.
Graham is the digital editor for ChicagoParent.com
See more of Graham's stories here.
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