The other day I was speaking with a parent of a fifteen year old teen-aged boy. We had just finished dealing with the not so pleasant topics of failing school grades, trouble with police and possible court action and how best to move things forward in a positive way. Mom says, “I wanted a baby. I wanted kids…the bumps and bruises and snotty noses I can take. But this…I didn’t sign up for this.”
Before she came in I was in the middle of some office relocation-toss-it-out chores, with a big green recycling bin on wheels parked in the corner of my office. On her way out Mom looked at the bin and started to laugh, saying, “my son would fit in that. Want him?”
For the mom it was one of those moments when, as a parent, you know that you’ve literally run out of gas and are desperate for any source of amusement. I told her, “You’d only get another fine for illegal dumping!”
We both laughed, shook hands, and she left.
And in the spirit of finding a lighter moment out there for moms and dads who deal every day with their own levels of the challenges and stress of raising children, here’s a few nuggets for the journey and day ahead:
“One of my friends found a condom on the verandah. When he questioned his teen-aged son about it, the kid replied, What’s a verandah?’” – Lewis Grizzard
“When my kids become wild and unruly, I use a nice, safe playpen. When they’re finished, I climb out.” – Erma Bombeck
“Before I was married I had six theories about raising children. Now I have six children and no theories.” – John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester