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As a mom, we all look for those “happy little moments” where we get peace, or just a moment to feel good. I often found those moments in a long, hot bath, all alone, soaking and enjoying the silence. Those precious moments are few and far between, am I right or not??

But recently, with the cold weather snap, and the kids bouncing off every surface in the house, I have found nearly the same comfort in a heating pad, placed on my back. The warmth makes me feel cozy and relaxed…mmmmm…

I have been doing this every day, for over a month now. I am now quite addicted to heat, and the hotter the heating pad, the better.

Unbeknownst to me, heating pads carry a little something called Infrared Heat, and, long-term exposure does something, um, nasty. See it causes hyper-pigmentation due to over-exposure to a heat source, such as, you guessed it! A heating pad! It is not a traditional burn, and I found it by accident.

Now MINE isn’t THAT bad, but um, y’all…I burned Africa into my back. That’s right. AFRICA!!

It may go away in a few months, at least that is what I am hoping. I can’t afford laser treatments!

I never thought I would actually become the topographical relief map I not too long ago joked about, and I almost thought I could use my new found mark for some weird homeschooling project. But, instead, this experience had caused the song Africa, by Toto, to run through my head, day and night, for the past few days. And, to my delight, I found that the lyrical meaning goes much deeper than intended, like the marks under my skin. I went to great lengths to prove that this song was meant for my recent injury.

Here is the actual meaning (my interpretation following each verse)…

I hear the drums echoing tonight
(My head is pounding from the all the noise my orangutan kids made today!)

But she hears only whispers of some quiet conversation
(The voices in my head are telling me I need to lay on my heating pad…)

She’s coming in 12:30 flight
(In a few more hours I will be in bed!!)

The moonlit wings reflect the stars that guide me towards salvation
(The TV Guide alerts me to a new episode of True Beauty - yes!)

I stopped an old man along the way
(I turn over to my hubby,)

Hoping to find some long forgotten words or ancient melodies
(And with loving eyes I say, “baby, you know what I need?”)

He turned to me as if to say, "hurry boy, it’s waiting there for you"
(He throws me the heating pad and says, “you know, you use this thing too much!”)

Chorus:
It's gonna take a lot to drag me away from you
(I am addicted somethin’ fierce to you, Heating Pad!)

There’s nothing that a hundred men or more could ever do
(I don’t care WHO is hurting in the house, you are MINE!)

I bless the rains down in Africa
(But you burned the blessed continent of Africa into my back!!)

Gonna take some time to do the things we never had
(Crap, it’s gonna be a loooooooong time before I can wear a backless dress again!)


OOO! OOO! Da da, da da, da da da da doooooooo
Da da, da da, da da da da doooooooo


The wild dogs cry out in the night
(My friends who I phoned groaned in agony)

As they grow restless longing for some solitary company
(As they tried to find a way to hang up and not hear any more about this burn on my back.)

I know that I must do what’s right
(Yeah, yeah, I know I have to stop using the heating pad!)

Sure as Kilimanjaro rises like Olympus above the Serengeti
(Or else I will have to label Kilimanjaro and the Serengeti on my back too!)

I seek to cure what’s deep inside, frightened of this thing that I’ve become
(I hope this hyper-pigmentation goes away! I look like Seth Brundle!!!)


It’s gonna take a lot to drag me away from you
(I flippin’ love you, Heating Pad!)

There’s nothing that a hundred men or more could ever do
(Forget hot water bottles and hot rocks, you are IT!!)

I bless the rains down in Africa
(But you burned the continent of Africa into my back!!)

Gonna take some time to do the things we never had
(How am I supposed to wear a swimsuit this summer?)

Instrumental break
(Do you need a break from reading this?)

Hurry boy, she’s waiting there for you
(Call a doctor I need an appointment STAT!)

It’s gonna take a lot to drag me away from you
(Boy Heating Pad, you sure blew it!)

There’s nothing that a hundred men or more could ever do
(It’s gonna take laser surgery to get rid of these marks!)

I bless the rains down in Africa, I bless the rains down in Africa
(You burned Africa into my back! You burned Africa into my back!!!)

I bless the rains down in Africa, I bless the rains down in Africa
(YOU FRIGGEN BURNED AFRICA INTO MY BACK!!!)

Gonna take some time to do the things we never had
(Forget that backless dress…I’ll sell it on Ebay.)

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