Also shocking- my oldest became a teenager this week. I am the mother of a teenager. This is.. unsettling. Moreso because she was doing teenager-ish things all weekend. On Friday night her junior high band played with the high school band at the high school’s football game. She tried to leave the house wearing eyeliner- I made her take some of it off (the black line under her eyes) because I just can’t stand her looking older than she is. Naturally she got mad, talked back, stomped around and ranted about how “everyone wears it,” but then finally took it off. Her “friend who is a boy” (NOT a boyfriend!!) wanted to go to the game, too, but didn’t have a ride, so she begged me to pick him up and I finally agreed. (My husband said, ‘What the heck is this, a date?”) On Saturday night she went out to a movie (PG-13, of course!) with a group of kids (all teenagers) and stayed out past 11 pm. Today she’ll be competing in a swim meet. Right now she is sleeping until the last possible minute- typical teenage behavior and NOT typical of her as she has been an early riser since birth.
My head is swimming with the fact of my kids growing up so quickly. I swear they were just babies, recently, but by December 2011 I will be the mother of TWO teenagers, yikes. It feels like they got old overnight. I know there are many parenting joys still ahead, but I am mourning the end of their childhoods. I’m sure there is a silver lining someplace (more reading time for me as my kids need me less??) but it is certainly bittersweet.
Speaking of reading.. I’ve been doing some here and there in between running the newly minted teenager and her ‘tween sister to all their various social engagements and activities. I finished ROOM by Emma Donoghue this week; I loved it and immediately passed it on to my mother. It would make such a great book for discussion with my book club but alas, we only read paperbacks, cheapskates that we are, so that will have to wait a year or so. But at least if my mother reads it we can talk about it right away. It’s one of those books that begs to be discussed. I also finished Dear Mrs. Kennedy for my TLC Book Tour stop tomorrow and Dracula, My Love by Syrie James for our book club discussion next week, and started reading our December selection, People of the Book by Geraldine March. The teenager is reading The Miles Between by Mary Pearson and my ‘tween is reading Eragon by Christopher Paolini.
I hope you all enjoyed your extra hour of sleep last night.. have a wonderful, relaxing Sunday and a great week!