Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Teenagers


My Saturday night was spent not just dogsitting, but chaperoning this motley crew of 14-year-olds who arrived to celebrate Tucker's birthday.
If you'll recall, last year Tucker had the worst birthday ever. It included walking to school (late) in below zero weather. Getting two detentions. Not receiving the special lunch Earl dropped off for him so he had nothing to eat. And Earl learning that day that the newspaper was planning layoffs and he might lose his job, so we contemplated returning the birthday present.
I was determined that this year's birthday would be better and it was. After school I took him and five boys to a pizza place. Then this weekend we planned this party.
Tucker, out of all of my children, is presenting a challenge as he enters these teenage years. And sometimes I feel exasperated. At my wits' end.
Then I see my friend Ruth struggling with her son's anxieties that debilitate him. I see my other friend waiting to learn the results of her biopsy.
Each of us is walking our own path and sometimes things seem unbearable, but mostly just looking up from the path shows us that others have a more difficult climb. It reminds me to stop complaining.
I struggle to remember that the hardest and the easiest thing to do when a child wears me down, is to give him a hug and don't let go for a long while.

2 comments:

I dont know why said...

Tears are in my eyes and I don't know why but I loved this story and your conclusion.

Nthnglsts said...

From the outside looking in, I'd say any 14 year old with that many good looking happy friends, has a couple of wonderful parents who did everything right, every time. Check out this week's news in Deerfield Beach to read a story of how 14 can go really, badly, wrong. Then exhale that sigh of relief. And keep up the teen Mom's mantra, so far, so good.

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