Saturday, December 5, 2009

Awkward Teenage Moments....

When you parent a teenager, you discover that life is full of awkward moments. The first time you realize that you really need to start knocking on their door before you open it. The first time you go searching under the bed for stray socks and find a pillowcase or hand towel. Or how about the moment when your teenager tells you about their first more-physical-than-a-small-no-tongues-used-kiss experience?

At least all of those are awkward moments just for you and the teenager that belongs to you. Don't forget about the awkward moments that happen with your teenager's friends.

Jock was forced to endure enjoyed an afternoon at the grocery store with me today. Along our route to the shampoo aisle, where I would be forced to take out a loan just to pay for the particular brand of shampoo he insists he has to have, we passed the family planning aisle. And standing right in front of the main attraction on the family aisle was one of Jock's friends from the football team. This friend was debating the merits of one particular brand versus another with yet another teenage boy. Jock walked up behind them and greeted them in the universal teenage boy way; a slap on the shoulder and a loud "Dude!"

The boys looked up, glanced over at me, and proceeded to ignore me. Which I was totally okay with, because hello? Acknowledging what they were shopping for would have mortified them, and reminded ME that my son is plenty old enough to have been standing right beside them shopping for the same thing. So I walked myself over to the next aisle and pretended to look for the perfect shampoo while waiting for my son to join me.

But I AM giving those boys HUGE points for being responsible enough to use those family planning aids. And for having the guts confidence to be in the middle of Wally World on a Saturday afternoon three weeks before Christmas, when every last family in the community is there and word is absolutely guaranteed to get back to their mothers about what they were buying.


Rockin Austin said...

O.M.G. I am SOOOOO happy that I have dogs, and they're fixed. And I am SOOOO happy that you have the boys so I can chuckle on a Friday night while I drink wine and watch That Metal Show. :)

Noelle said...

Haha - it is responsible - good for them. But only boys wouldn't think to drive to the next town over. Mine is only 3 - I love your blog. Let's me know what I'm in for!

Big Mark 243 said...

Wow ... that is so deep, whether you know it or not. I think you will be able to have more open and honest conversation about the subject of relationship, as long as you don't go too parental on him.

It is time to loosen your grip and trust in what you put into him. With him being confident enough to go chat his friends up standing in the 'amusement section' says a lot not only for you but for him and the company he keeps.

Burgh Baby said...

Thinking about Alexis being that age makes me want to cry. Waaaaaaah!

You done good by continuing on. +10 Good Mom Points.

Crazymamaof6 said...

WOW! i'm scared. hold me.
seriously! AHHHHHHHHHH this is what i have coming to me? in less time than i'd like? holy heck!
and yet KUDOS for keeping it casual. kudos for the boys being safe and brave.

I Am Boymom said...

Ohh! Don't tell me this stuff! I can't even imagine what I will be thinking and feeling when my boys hit that stage of life! AAUUGGHH!!