I was warned…teenagers are challenging, moody, willful and generally difficult to live with.
I’ve just gotta say…I disagree entirely!
My Saturday morning started at 3:18 with Zachary screaming his way through a nasty nightmare. Adrenalin was so high following the middle-of-the-night hour of soothing that I couldn’t settle back into peaceful slumber. I had one of those fitful sleeps and awoke feeling crummy.
Not to mention the mile-long to-do list rolling through my head.
The family birthday party was starting at 11:30. Grocery shopping needed to be done, wine and beer needed to be bought, the house needed to be cleaned, Saturday morning breakfast needed to be created, and the backyard needed to be readied.
Needless to say, the mother of the house was feeling significantly stressed.
Just as Simon was leaving to do the shopping, Max stumbled into the kitchen. My resident teenager is the furthest thing from a morning person that I have ever encountered. At 10:00 on a Saturday morning, Max is definitely not at his best.
However, he took one look at me this morning and said; ‘mom, you look wiggy, what can I do?’
I put Max to work on the quinoa salad while I emptied the dishwasher, cleaned the kitchen and made breakfast. And the thing that really knocked my socks off was when Max said; ‘let’s rock it out to Billy Joel, mom, that will put you in a good mood.’
And you know what? He was absolutely right!
A few hours later, when we were all savouring our yummy lunch and relaxing in the backyard, I had a heart-bursting surge of pride, love and deep appreciation for my Marvellous Max! And as I was thoroughly enjoying his delicious quinoa salad, I reflected on the fact that Max had single-handedley taken a difficult morning and turned it around by infusing it with his unique brand of playfulness, creativity and fun.
Forget all this ridiculous hogwash about difficult teenagers! I think they ROCK!