My son turns 13 today and boy are my arms tired…yeah, that doesn’t work. That kind of statement feels like it should have a punchline, but really, there’s nothing funny about being the mother to two teenagers (and a tween.) Except puberty, because man, puberty is HILARIOUS. I say “turns” because he was my almost-born-at-midnight baby, and came out screaming like a ticked off cheetah, and believe you me, I am already looking forward to sticking my head in his bedroom tonight at 11:55pm and doing a few high pitched screeches of my own to celebrate this milestone.
So, he’s 13, and when I asked him about what he’s looking forward to the most about being a teenager, he said “getting a job” so he can “spend his own money” which 1) this is the kid who has all the things he ever wanted so we were struggling to even identify something we could present him with on his birthday NO LIE and 2) he has ample opportunity to earn money doing chores around here but WHATEVER. I had a good snicker into my coffee about his fledgling motivation to work, and plan to exploit it.
So, yeah, my baby boy is 13 today, and he’s got a deep voice and gangling arms and legs and achy knees and elbows and his nose is growing faster than the rest of his face and he’s taller than me all of a sudden and I love every single bit of that. And it is true what they say, that mothers always see the baby inside, because I still see the echoes when he talks, when he gestures or smiles and when he pontificates on all things dinosaur.
Because yes, despite an influx of all kinds of new interests and influences, he’s still all about dinosaurs. He’s still wanting to be a paleontologist someday, and now, at 13, that someday is much closer than it was when he was a chubby two year old with a toy dinosaur.
Tonight, we’ll celebrate with Carne Asada and an ice cream cake, and this weekend, he’ll have fun with our extended family, and later this month, we’ll have an outdoor video gaming party with friends, the details of which I’m still sketchy on, but we’re working on it. Always working on it.