I get these brief glimpses of the teen my oldest will be. I’ll admit it’s a little scary. The changes, the confusion, the attitude.
He’s turning 11 this week and I know it’s coming.
But then I get glimpses of the little boy he was. Who only wanted his mom, who cuddled his Care Bear every night, whose favorite word was “actually” because he wanted everything to be precise. The fearless little boy who fell down over and over, but always got up laughing, who made us say that if he ever cried after a fall, we’d take directly to the hospital because something must really be wrong.
And though I can’t know for sure, at times I get glimpses of the man he’ll be.
Those glimpses stem from the person he already is.
Who flies through books and much prefers to sit and read during the free time he has at school.
Who made the school’s chess team.
Whose favorite sport is running. Who pushes himself to beat his personal record every time he runs and isn’t bothered by where he places compared to others, but only if he’s happy with his performance on its own.
Who loves history and science, building things and figuring out how they work. Who likes math because it’s easy and everything else because it makes him think and learn.
Who is a loyal friend and would much rather have a few close friends than a lot of acquaintances.
Who doesn’t care much what everyone else is doing, only what feels right to him.
Who takes care of those he thinks needs it.
Who understands when he’s had enough and will take a break to recharge himself.
As his mom, it’s hard not to get emotional about how much he’s grown or to think it wasn’t all that long ago that he was a baby. And it’s almost impossible not to worry about what is to come.
But, he really is a good kid. And this stage will soon be just a memory. So, I’ll try to just enjoy what is while we’re here.
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