You Blink Your Eyes...
...and suddenly you have a teenager.
And just like that, everything changes. Or rather, the changes that have been slowly happening for a while now have a label.
Gone are the pudgy appendages. Everything is bones and angles.
Gone are the snuggles. The kid who wanted to be held constantly now won’t let me touch him with a ten foot pole. I do anyway.
Gone are the ear infections. 11 ear tube surgeries. No one misses them.
He’s still a kid who finds joy and fun in everything.
He’s still very much a boy. A kid. Peter Pan incarnate.
He’s still the kid who’d rather be outside, moving, moving, moving.
He’s becoming more compassionate.
He’s becoming more responsible.
He’s becoming more aware – of who he is, who he wants to be, who his friends are.
He is funny.
He is strong.
He is an enigma. Crazy in the best of ways, he puts it all out there. Yet he has a sensitive, introverted side I just can’t seem to crack.
For thirteen years, he’s been brought me joy, exasperated me, made me shake my head, confounded me, amazed me, impressed me, made me laugh. I’d be lying if I didn’t say the teenage years worry me. Heck, sometimes they scare the crap out of me. But they’re also full of anticipation. Who will he be, and will he make good decisions, and will he have a girlfriend, and how will he do in school and will he be strong? Will he ever remember to brush his teeth (that there's the true cliffhanger, folks)? I am crazy about this kid and all he can do and I know I haven’t even experienced a trillionth of what’s in store for him. I love our conversations, his sense of humor, his easy nature. I love the kid he is now and the glimpse of who I think I see down the road.
13 wonderful, crazy years. In 13 more years he’ll be all grown up and on his own (fingers crossed).
And 13 years is NOT THAT LONG.