Look at him grow!

I look at our adult kids, and sometimes expect them to somehow be different. I’m not sure why, and I’m not sure what I’m expecting.

Our daughter has been a grown-up since the age of 3. Her life has been lived with determination and independence. She doesn’t do much that surprises me. I always expect the unexpected with her.

The boys, well—the word, boy, kind of explains it all. They are foreign creatures to me. We taught them a lot, but there is a ton of information about them we will probably never know. More like—I won’t know, I think my husband understands them.

The Wee One and Sensible Girlfriend went to Missouri with us to help work on our someday-retirement-slow-life-down-home. That also included the Grandpuppy, which is always entertainment for all of us. She was our navigator, but just as the GPS, and my notes, her performance was poor.The Navigator

We are waiting to see where The Wee One will set his compass. I really like listening to him because he’s very insightful.

He sees potential–some of it good, some bad, some very surprising. All the discussions we had with him, thinking his little ADD mind wandered to places unknown, he was actually paying attention!

As a teen, he was the one who challenged our parenting skills more than the others. He helped produce more gray hairs, and I seriously believed I wouldn’t  survive until he became an adult. I was positive he wouldn’t reach adulthood. I had a lot of “discipline/revenge” plots hatched.

He’s growing into a wonderful man. A person who doesn’t judge or gossip about others. One who will lend a hand when he sees someone in need—providing it’s after 2 pm, the hour he arises. He’s a good ant 😀

With his 6’4″ body, he sat behind me most of the way to Missouri, and all the way back home. I had to pull my seat so far forward that my knees touched the dashboard. It was an uncomfortable way to travel. It was worse than flying coach.

It’s comforting knowing that even though our children grow and change, fundamentally, they stay the same.

He is still the one who will have to pee, minutes after passing the rest area we asked if anyone needed to stop—reassuring us that he was fine. Without him, there are sketchy parts of some cities we would have never seen—what a treat!

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About April

I'll come back to this when I find out who I really am. I've been through some extremely rough patches but they have made me a better person. I blog if my brain is functioning first thing in the morning.
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18 Responses to Look at him grow!

  1. aviets says:

    Fun to read about your wonderful kids. I think I would like them a lot. 🙂 -Amy

    • April says:

      My daughter could live among your kids, and you would probably feel as if she was one of yours. Our oldest is extremely intelligent, but the girlfriend has had a very negative impact on him. Not that he doesn’t use his brain, he is simply more reserved–even with us. The Wee One thinks mainly of sports.

  2. There’s ALWAYS the ONE who has to go to the bathroom after the stop has been made. I can relate. I have taught myself to NOT pass up a bathroom break whether I think I have to go or not.

    I like the way you love your kids. 🙂

  3. Interesting to read about your kids April. It would also be boring, if they were all equal 😀

  4. suzjones says:

    My son is ‘cruisin’ for a bruisin’ ‘ lately. He knows just how far he can push me and tease me though. lol

  5. Gallivanta says:

    I love your good ant description of the Wee One.

  6. reocochran says:

    This was positively wonderful, April! I could relate on the kids, I have only one son and two daughters, they are each unique individuals, I learn from them, too. I enjoyed the humor and the fun along the road. That dog is quite a character! He is funny to look at, April! My brother and sister in law have a golden retriever and a Newfoundland. They are quite amusing, too, but they lie down in the back of their van and sleep. Must be your grand-dog is younger and more enthusiastic?! Smiles, Robin

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