The teen years are traumatic. There’s the crying, the mood swings, the feelings of insecurity, the desire to permanently check out of Lifebook.
And that’s when I’m having a good day.
The stress is enough to make even Freud go mad. Take this for example: Sweet Pea’s a teenaged girl.
And by that I mean she’s crazy.
She asked me last week to bring Boyfriend2.0 to her softball game. Then she sent a text ten minutes after I should have left telling me what time I should leave. Then she sent another text telling me to come early. Half-way en route to Boyfriend2.0’s house, she sent another text.
I called Boyfriend2.0, gave him the scoop, did a U-turn and headed to the house. Once home, I poured a glass of wine, left it on the counter for Chief Money Maker, grabbed the rest of the bottle and settled down in the recliner just as my phone went off again.
I resisted the urge to reply, “Can you chill Sybil?” only because I knew she’d respond with a confused Emoji.
Instead I retreated to my favorite hiding spot. The washing machine. Trust me, they never look there.
Split Sweet Pea personality aside, we’ve also got another newly-licensed teenaged driver in the house. And by that I mean our insurance rates have just surpassed the national deficit.
It’s a good thing we live on a corner lot because the streets around our abode look like Harry’s Honda Hacienda, only with less reliable vehicles.
The upside is that with two teen crumbsnatchers out and about on weekend nights, I don’t have to fabricate ways to push Sweet Pea’s curfew up so I can go to bed at 8:30 pm. Now I feign a headache—instead of admitting my right knee feels like a grenade sporadically exploding because I know CMM will make me go back to Dr. Frankenstein—and leave the watch to him.
Don’t mistake my words for complaining—despite the truth that I am complaining. Having teenaged crumbsnatchers isn’t all that bad. As parents of these communication-challenged Cretans, we get fun experiences like debating their anemic critical thinking processes.
“Wolfy, can you run to the grocery store and pick up some milk?”
“Sure, if you give me gas money.”
“You want ME to give YOU gas money to compensate YOU for driving to the store to get milk, which I don’t even drink, in MY VEHICLE?”
Thank goodness The Eldest has matured to the point that we can hold productive intelligent conversations. Just the other night he offered great feedback on the cover for my short story, “The Butterfly Wish.” I felt proud, optimistic, and hopeful.
Right up until he said, “Oh, and you should consider a pen name. Who names an adult Cheri?”
“Well, I wasn’t an adult when my mother named me!”
“Think about it, Mom. Would you want to read a book written by Strawberry Johnson?”
“That’s not my name!”
“Ok, so would you want to read a book written by Fruity Thacker?”
“That’s still not my name…but I get it!”
The Crumbsnatchers might not be the brightest baubles on Pinterest, but sometimes…they do make good points.
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