As a Mother of multiple kids, I should probably get it by now, but I don’t. What’s up with the broding, rude, teenage boy thing. A minute ago his voice was higher and his mommy was tickling his toes, now he plays U2 not stop, doesn’t eat lunch, and has momentarily forgotten his manners.
This morning, I brought his lunch to school because he forgot it, again. It was a sparkling water and a cheese stick, so I added a few things. I handed it to him and he said, “I don’t want that.” I said, “You’re welcome, would you like me to put it in your locker?” I opened his locker to find 4 other 1/2 eaten lunch bags- all with rotting yogurt inside. So gross.
He has 8 days of school left. He loves school but he is excited for summer. Homework has been a challenge for this brilliant young man. He literally goes to a school for academically talented kids but remembering the homework, not the easiest. His teacher emailed he and I last week to say he had some missing assignments and his grade was subpar. I sat him down and talked about making a plan. I am pretty sure he heard, “blah, blah, blah”. He got grumpy. I got grumpy. No plan was made.
The next morning I woke up and realized maybe he didn’t know how to make a plan. So we sat down and made it together. It included all of the pages he needed to read, laundry, Spanish homework, etc. There was come grumbling, a few eyes rolled, and he did it.
My partner said recently that as these four kids grow, we are changing from directors to guides. I love these kids so dearly and am honored to be there guides and even put up with a few of their growing pains as we go. They are so precious and it is amazing to see who they are becoming.
This sometimes moody, always hungry young man who I need to peel from his phone each night, is also the boy who still hugs his mama and at bedtime when I say, “I love you”, he says, “I love you more”. Here’s to teenagers, in all of their glory. Love you buddy.