On May 15, 2011, the Teen turned 16.
Do I feel old? Yes.
Am I frightened? Yes.
Do you remember what you were doing when you were 16? Well, I remember (barely) what I was doing. And not much of it was smart or safe or will ever be divulged to my children or parents.
So I'm freaking out a bit.
Now, my darling step-son has always been a pretty meek and mild child. Never any real trouble. Bit of a daydreamer and kind of ADD, which caused some issues in school. But always did what he was told. Never talked back. Quiet guy.
He's still a good kid. Absolutely. At least as far as we know. But he's a typical sullen teenaged boy. And boy has he found his talking-back voice. So life with him can be trying. He's not with us all the time and I'm not sure still if that makes things easier or more challenging. But at least we get a break from the eye-rolling and sarcasm when he's with his mom. I'm hoping we've raised him well enough that he will stay out of any big trouble. Probably some little trouble is a good thing - learning experiences and all that. Some trouble and a fair bit of rebellion are a part of growing up. We just want him to be safe while still having fun and enjoying his youth.
Wow. His youth. He's not even really a kid anymore. He's becoming a young man. Just two years of high school left and then it's off to post-secondary of some sort (still working on that one). I'm not sure where the time has gone. The Teen was only 5 when we came into each other's lives. We're really proud of how he's grown. (Even when we're at out wits' end with him and his teenage-dom.)
For his birthday we, all three of his parents, are giving him driving lessons. He'll start in the fall. We're setting him up with Young Drivers, as we believe they will give him the best instruction and support. It's hard to imagine that 25 years ago I was going through the YD Defensive Driving program, and now my not-so-little guy will be taking their Collisionfree program.
I'll post a warning when he starts his road classes. You may want to keep a wide berth ...
Happy Birthday to my big guy!