Day 38: February 7, 2014

Thankfulness for Teen Spirit

I know I keep talking about my great week with my kids just gettin’ to be a mom. But I can’t help it. This girl is one of three reasons I can’t stop.

I was not a very nice teen to my mom. She was also old school and didn’t handle my teen years very well. But mostly it was tough ‘cuz I just wasn’t very nice.

Thankfully my kids really are good kids. At least that’s what people tell me. They aren’t perfect, and I know they’ll go through their phases and make some big mistakes, but so far these early parts aren’t TOO bad.

I was sittin’ in the kitchen while Maddie and Kurtis Wheeler were talking Pink and other Diva singers, and I patted my lap to have Maddie come over and sit on me. She was all: “What? Why?” And I was all: “Because you still can.”

And I wrapped my arms around her and listened to her chitter chatter and felt so full of love for my beautiful first born. She may have some teen characteristics, but she isn’t into the drama. In fact, she hates it. Her friends are the same as her. They care about being good students, reaching their goals for their career (Maddie wants to be a pediatric oncologist) and they can converse with adults about REAL things. In fact, today she got accepted into the Global Studies program at Mcqueen! She was stoked to the nines. She cares about social justice, kindness to others and being a critical thinker. She doesn’t even care to wear makeup like so many other girls her age… and honestly, she’s smarter than me in so many things.

Don’t tell her I said that.

So I snapped a picture of her and me so I could remember this moment of her teen life, going through my cancer with me, sometimes hugging me when I’m upset about having to deal with this stuff again, telling me that every little thing is gonna be alright.

She is so cool. And I am blessed to have been given the opportunity to be her mom.

Love, Smells Like Teen Spirit.


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