I have a thirteen year old son named Spencer. I do not know what happened awhile ago whether it is testosterone or just attitude, but there are times when I find my son acting bad or out of character for no reason at all. He is such a charming young man and is my greatest achievement, but lately he questions authority way too much, and debates everything I ask him. I was reminiscing about when I was a kid and the neighbor girls and I would walk three miles or so to go to elementary school. The patience one acquires is one of the superior assets that makes us better Realtors. No matter what, in the end we do it all for the love of our children. Funny, it only seems like yesterday that I could never put him down. Now he is a big kid at 5'9" " and 165 pounds. I wish I could shrink him for a day so I could just pick him up and carry him around with me once more. What I like is when I go to kiss him, tell him how much I love him that he treats it like dog germs. Then it dawned on me that there was people around. Now I have to rely on my son giving me a bear hug, or once in a while he lets his guard down and likes the nurturing. He is a very attractive young man as well; something I think he inherited from his mom's genes, rather than mine. I suppose when the dating thing starts with him I am going to be learning even more lessons. Why is it we forget so fast every detail of ourselves growing up? Then we remember and we really get frightened because we remember what we got away with. If I could only make sure my son did not make some of the mistakes I did, but I believe he will have to learn a lot of hard lessons on his own. I would think it is a lot harder being a kid today than when I was younger. He has a good mom that guides him well. Why is it when all else fails a young man will always remember his mom? She actually sat down almost every night with him and went through all his homework and extra credit with him.
I did not think that I would ever be a parent, but in my late thirties it happened. I love him dearly, but I actually should thank him. He truly has taught me to be a lot more patient. Granted this was taught by default. Meaning I literally had to go for a walk, or ignore him because of his new attitude. My friends all have grandchildren.
As I took him to registration today it hit me hard how anyone could have put up with me when I was younger. We went through the whole line, and then when he messed up his hair before he had his picture taken, it really hit home how much overtime goes into parenting.
My son and his mom live in Wales, Wisconsin. I must confess I think she has a lot better attitude, and approach to parenting than just about anyone I ever knew. I now can joke with her a little bit about some of the antics young kids will do, but I also think that my son could not have a better mother. He knows that, and respects her.
After we came back out to my car and I was driving away it dawned on me why all those Moms were so happy in there.
I absolutely love my son to death, but when he gets on his bus at 6:30 in the morning and comes home at a little after 3:00 in the afternoon I think that gives his Mom the peace and quiet she needs.
Perhaps one day they could make school a year round thing.
Let's make it a safe and wonderful year for the children returning to school, and thank the bus driver.
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