My blog sister Sally Kilpatrick shared some of the challenges of having very young children underfoot in her very funny post today at Petit Fours and Hot Tamales (click HERE). I remember those days well: the noise, the mess, the work, the worry, the exhaustion.
But even though my children are much older now, I'm still dealing with all of it - especially the worry. Here is a case in point.
Last week, actress Selena Gomez came to the Mall of Georgia to promote her new movie. Watch this clip from FOX news to find out a little bit about her visit.
Can you believe that kid who tried to rush the stage? Well, here is a slightly different perspective of what happened at the 1:15 mark in that news clip.
"Who is that handsome young man?" I hear you asking. Well. Gulp. That's my boy.
Can you imagine how I felt getting that phone call from the Gwinnett County Police? It was terrifying, I can assure you. Thankfully, no charges were filed - as a matter of fact, Nathan's peers -and a surprising number of adults - are treating him like some kind of hero. He has his own fan page on Facebook; there are even commemorative t-shirts available for purchase.
I'm almost as concerned about all that as I am about the incident itself. Sigh.
When my children were small, people warned me how quickly the years would pass and admonished me to enjoy every minute. I tried; I really did. But if I had those days to live over, I would relax and enjoy them even more. Because now my big boys are making adult decisions that will affect the course of the rest of their lives and I have little say over any of it. All I have to offer them is the benefit of my experience and, for the most part, they aren't interested in hearing what I have to say. Regardless, I am doing to best I can to enjoy what little time I have left with my young men - to love them even when they make mistakes and to help them pick up the pieces when things go wrong.
A boy becomes an adult three years before his parents think he does and about two years after he thinks he does.
~Lewis B. Hershey
I'm going to give my boys a good night hug before I go to sleep tonight. And count the days until school starts again.
NOTE: It's 47.