16 Years Old: Calm Before The ... Calm?

6 years ago

As I have stated many times, even though I am a mom, I do not consider myself a "Mommy Blogger." With two adult children (which still sounds weird to say aloud?) and a remaining 16- year old son at home, I have advanced from the daily merry-go-round of homework wrangling, science fair projects, untold number of birthday parties, trips to the park, and scaring nightly monsters away to that of a business advocate, or consultant offering tips, advice and suggestions (that may or may not be accepted.)

I miss the pure power energy of young kids, the innocence and the unending love they thrust upon you everyday. But I do not miss the constant monitoring, and watchful eye that younger children require. It's exhausting. And I just don't have that kind of energy anymore.

Besides a recent stray "D" that appeared on the Sophomore's report card, things have been calm. My son has been talkative, and kind, and jovial with me. He even came and sat on my lap and watched television for a few minutes with me. I was overjoyed! Of course, I pretended like I was annoyed, which kept him squarely in place! {I still have a few tricks up my sleeve!}

After parenting for some 20 years, I've learned a few things.

I know how to calm a soothing baby.

I know how to plan a successful birthday party.

I know how to assist with some award-worthy science fair projects.

I know how to admit when I'm wrong.

I know when I say I'm sorry.

But, most importantly, I know I am one lucky mom.

I know other moms who are dealing with serious issues, like failing grades, drug abuse, and sneaking out. This parenting gig is a tough go, especially when kids start driving, and have unlimited access to cell phones and the Internet. And with Sexy Hubby on the road, it leaves me home to deal with the Sophomore.

After I got home from work the other night, he sat down, and just started talking. And talking. And talking. I put down what I was doing, and just looked at him and listened.

It was a lovely moment.

And for now, I am just enjoying the calm.

{As I write this, he is whistling aimlessly from his bedroom. Happy. Stable. Calm. Listening to music -- 80's music.}

He recently discovered the song, "We Didn't Start the Fire" and said, "Mom, why didn't you ever tell me about Billy Joel?"

Who knew?


Cameron's 16th Birthday

Katie Walters is the author of An Authentic Life and a regular contributor to Montana Parent

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