Damn that Toby Keith.
Much as I hate to admit it, I love country music. I stayed away from it for a long time, cringing with every strum of the steel guitar, every twangy phrase.
And then, it started making sense to me, describing how I was feeling. Faith Hill's "Cry" spoke exactly of my emotion when Christopher moved out. Carrie Underwood's "Before He Cheats" made me feel better about my deep desire to commit a crime against his car. But probably more than anything, the song that became my theme is Toby Keith's "How Do You Like Me Now?"
At first, I didn't know who sang the song. It was Nemo's song, karaoke'd by my favorite bartender. As far as I was concerned, Nemo was the only artist who sang it, and it was written just for me. And over the last couple of years, it has stuck with me.
Lately, I've been hearing it a lot on the radio. Maybe that's because I find myself tuning in to the country station more these days, or maybe it's just the universe's way of reminding me that I am becoming someone worth liking.
And yes, sometimes I do wonder ...
How do you like me now,
now that I'm on my way?