Leland turned 13 this summer. That statement makes me feel old and I worry about what will happen to our relationship as he gains independence and becomes his own person.
I usually walk around town while the boys have soccer practice. Usually I am pushing a stroller, but last night Norman kept the babies at home. I had my ipod in my hand and was ready to go when Lee offered to go with me. Now, walking is my time. I zone out and have a terrible tendency to ignore the ramblings of Bear (isn't that horrible???) while I try to refocus and relax. Last night I was going to be able to be ALONE! And Lee wanted to go with me. So I left my ipod in the van and we walked. And talked. I shared some life experiences and learned a lot about my teenage son. I am so very glad that we were able to have that hour and I hope that he and I (Greg and I, Bear and I, Abby and I) can carve out more time over the next few years to spend some one-on-one time and get to know each other better. Maybe the teen years won't be so bad after all..................and for the record, I am going to forever be 33 :) So maybe getting older won't be a problem after all. LOL