I Raised Her Good

Ma Baldwin phones from the East Coast.

Ma: I got a question for you.

Me: Shoot.

Ma: Your dad and I were at church, and I was telling some people about Seattle and what a big music place it is. But I couldn’t remember the name of that one band. That band you like.

Me: [Inwardly sighs] Nirvana. You’re probably thinking of Nirvana, Ma.

Ma: Not Nirvana. After Nirvana.

Me: Pearl Jam?

Ma: No, no. This is a newer band. All women. And they’re named after a street, a street in Olympia, I think.

Me: Named after a … Wait, Sleater-Kinney?!

Ma: That’s it, Sleater-Kinney. I couldn’t remember their name.


Ma: Hello? Are you still there?

Me: Yeah, yeah, I’m here. I’m just kind of, you know — I’m all choked up with pride right now.