Challenging times…..

Layton had his senior project/presentation today. Can I just say, he was sleeping fine, I on the other hand, was not.

 Layton finished his project months ago but to get the information together and on paper has been less than fun! I decided I wasn’t going to loose another night sleep over it so I took part of the day in between clients and went to town on it. I KNOW, I KNOW, you don’t have to tell me…..I KNOW!

The project  was due the next day and I did all the headings and arranging while he got the information together to put on it. And, YES, I slept that night. Why do these people called teens think to wake up and do homework soooooooo late?

I really don’t get it. I, even as a teen, was a morning person. I would rather have gone to bed at 9 and get up at 3 to studying or what have you than to stay up half the night. I just DON’T get it!

 
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The presentation went well. I took a picture of Layton’s favorite teacher looking at his project.

One of the things that I loved that came out of this project was that he decided this line of work was not for him as a career. He gained knowledge in doing it, but it was tedious and a frustration. So, if nothing else, he learned something very valuable for his future career.

Ok, I know I’m being a baby, I know it…..but I just don’t think I like this ‘senior’ stuff.

One second I am feeling bad for Layton because he is fighting for the independence so hard and yet he still has parameters and PARENTS telling him what to do  and when. Yet, there are also times I seriously want to throttle him over the same issues. One minute we are battling it out, down and dirty battling the next minute he says or does something that is nice. I can’t keep up with the on off switch. My brain is reeling all the time.

My sis, along with friends who have been there reassure me we are being ‘normal’ (whatever that is)

I think there needs to be a book written about this time. It reminds me of the first time I had a baby, NO BODY told me what would happen once the baby was born. All the after math of what happens to my body, the sleep deprivation, the paranoia that comes over you and you think you don’t even have a second to take a shower. Now, I have this senior, and I had NO IDEA what was coming. I felt it was all a big secret when I had my first and I feel like it’s a secret again. If it wasn’t for me confessing to ‘those that have been there and have gone before me’ what things look like at times, I honestly would think I am the ONLY one in this boat.

It’s a crazy time. Of course, I wouldn’t give it up for the world just like I wouldn’t give up that infant that rocked my world either.

April 5, 2013 - 11:31 am

Optimistic Existentialist - Sounds as if his project went really well!

April 5, 2013 - 2:38 pm

MrsP - It’s so much easier to look at this through the filter of distance. I remember well pouring little drops of water into my teenage son’s ear because he didn’t want to get out of bed otherwise. He hated it…I hated doing it, but in retrospect, that only lasted for a time. A short time.

One day, as you look at these days in the light of the man he will have become, you will smile. Honestly.

April 5, 2013 - 2:51 pm

Jenay - Yes you will look back on this and laugh and miss it…..weird as that is…you will miss it. Hang in there sister, these are good times. 🙂

April 5, 2013 - 4:12 pm

Dionne - I am so far from the teens stage and some people are beginning to share their teen journey with me and it scares me! Enjoy and savor these moments with him even though it definitely sounds crazy hard and beautiful all in one.

April 6, 2013 - 1:53 am

Cheryl@OntheOldPath - I’m getting closer to this… in some ways I think I am dealing with a bit of this with my 15 year old. As they find there way to manhood… Praying for yah sister!

April 8, 2013 - 4:05 am

Jody Lee Collins - Oh, Marlece, you’ll all be fine…….this letting go is hard. I won’t lie. But it sounds like you have a healthy relationship and a smart son. The oldes t one going is the hardest, I’m guessing. May God give you grace one day at a time.

Thanks for sharing this mom story.

April 9, 2013 - 5:33 pm

Mary Reed - Being a momma is a hard/wonderful job! Raising this man/boy takes a lot of patience and understanding. We have two grown sons. I so remember how hard it was to navigate through this time. Very soon you’ll be looking at your son in amazement at the man he’s become. It’s all worth it!
You’re doing a great job!
Blessings to you ~ Mary

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