If you were to ask me, and I beg that you don't, I would tell you that there is no way I am ready to have a teenager.
Yet I have one will have one today. Tonight, just before the clock strikes midnight. He saw fit to not delay a couple of minutes longer, and in doing so, shares the auspicious day of his birth with none other than Fidel Castro. And Don Ho.
I never imagined the impact that little sheep-headed blob would have.
He's brimming with self-confidence, loves to try anything, and never turns down an opportunity to "go," "do," or "see." He thrives on competition. Thrives.
He thinks he's all that, plus a bag of chips, yet is a humble guy.
School is easy for this one, and though he won't verbalize it, he still enjoys it.
I adore his sense of humor, am thrilled that he is as enthusiastic a reader as I, and enjoy being around him. Now that we are 10 + 3, the enjoying being around him part? Yeah, it could change. Any moment now.
He's the kid who was sent out of the classroom this spring for talking and laughing with his buddy. The gist of the conversation? Underarm hair. A lone, singular underarm hair. A conversation that rings of SpongeBob and Patrick. He has no shame.
No, really. He has no shame.
He is tough. Physically AND emotionally tough. We joke that he has no feelings. Not entirely true. But things just don't bother him. He's so laid-back and easy-going. He hides that fore-mentioned competiveness pretty well.
He's eating more and more and sleeping later and later. Couldn't stop the impending teen years if I tried. *Sigh* No longer does he need the mama watching over him, quick with protection, a literal, physical shield. Now I start moving to the periphery and out of the center of his universe.
Happy 13th, Payne-o.
*Mikey P trivia: his baseball number for All-Stars? 13.