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Friday, January 23, 2009

Sometimes the awesomeness surprises me

Mostly, like every other family, we do the same old dance day after day with all of the inherent ups and downs that go with being a family with teenagers. We get up reluctantly in the morning, the kids go off to school grumbling about how unfair life is, they come home exhausted from hours of socializing and minutes of actual learning, take naps, talk on the phone, complain about this and that, watch TV and recharge their Ipods, and then go to bed. Rinse and repeat.

Occasionally things change this delicate balance, but this is mostly how things are in our house.

Sometimes, usually when I least expect it, they take awesome pills and turn into really cool people for a while. The pills don't last long, because as teenagers awesomeness isn't what one strives for, but when it happens, I kvell because it's just so.... well, awesome.

Today both kids did exactly what they are supposed to do. Which is highly unusual. Usually one complies with the rules and the other one strays. It is rare that they are in synch and compliant. Very rare. Which makes it awesome when it happens totally out of the blue.

The Boy made plans with his BFF and they went to friend's house for the afternoon to work on something for school. I know! Totally awesome.

The Girl stayed after school to work on an English project she wanted to finish before the term ends to get her grade up. This is highly unusual, but again, totally awesome. When she came home she asked me to take her to a store because she wanted to waste her money on yet another pair of designer jeans. I took her, and she got a pair of Sevens for $42 way way way marked down. That child has inherited my el-cheapo shopping prowess in a big way. Awesome. If only she didn't want to buy everything in every store, but as she said tonight, after being deprived for so long due to a lack of money, now that she has money she wants to buy the things she was denied. It's her money. She's earned it fair and square. She'll eventually catch on that spending money on jeans isn't the best use of her money. But for now, I can't fault her for wanting the things that she's desired for so long.

After shopping we went to pick up the Boy who was right around the corner from the Mall. He got in the car with nary a complaint. We stopped at CVS to pick up my prescription refills and nobody complained about the wait. Magically awesome.

We got home, the Girl studied for her history midterm, the Boy studied for his Psych midterm, they both were quiet and busy doing what they needed to do, and I passed out on the sofa for a nice nap.

The Boy made himself some dinner and actually offered to make me something, too. I didn't even have to ask. He volunteered! He even put everything away on his own and didn't leave a huge mess. Awesome.

And then they went to bed. Quietly and peacefully.

What a freaking awesome day. Not one raised voice, not one bout of complaining about how life sucks, and the best thing? They talked to each other. They didn't argue, they didn't judge, they didn't insult. They talked.

Totally awesome!

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Blogger bethany actually said...

God bless 'em, they're turning into real people. :-)

23/1/09 2:31 AM  
Blogger Rhea said...

This is wonderful! Do they read your blog? Maybe they are maturing.

23/1/09 8:30 AM  
Blogger Mitali Perkins said...

I've got sixteen-year-old twins, too, both boys, and this post was extremely reassuring as we rinse and repeat.

23/1/09 1:52 PM  
Blogger Daisy said...

mark this one on the calendar!!

23/1/09 7:23 PM  
Blogger EBeth said...

Thank you so much for reaching out and taking the time to email me. Wow your a great writer and so happy to hear from you. I also have sixteen-year-old twins so that post hit home. I look forward to your blog being one I read often. I need to learn more about blogging and feel lucky that you found me, you blog is great.

25/1/09 10:31 AM  

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