A couple of months ago I overheard a conversation between my son and his girlfriend. At the time, they had been dating for maybe three weeks. Maybe. The conversation ended with my son saying, “Wait here, I’ve gotta go take a crap.”
What did he just say?! To this cute young 17 year old girl… That he likes! OMG…Manners! Please don’t act like your dad! Those thoughts and more were going through my head. But especially the … don’t act like your dad … part. Seriously though, dad never said anything like that until at least a couple of years into our relationship. Okay, maybe a couple of months. But still…
Fast forward to last week, Black Friday. Their relationship is going strong. A little too strong! His girlfriend has a job at the mall and was scheduled to work from 6pm – 2am. My son decided that he was going to drive her to work. And pick her up. At 2 o’clock in the morning. He felt it was safer that way.
Ummmm… NO! You’re 17. I don’t want you driving around at 2 am. You’re still MY kid!
But then it hit me. That’s exactly what dad would do. He always makes sure I’m safe. He takes care of me. Even when I don’t want him to! He’s an awesome dad and the world’s best husband. And of course dad was fine with our 17 year old boy going to pick his girlfriend up from work at 2 o’clock in the morning. He said, “He’s a big kid, he’ll be fine. He’s just looking out for her.”
As much as I don’t want my first born to grow up anymore than he already has, I guess acting like dad isn’t such a bad thing after all.
Now, if I could only get them to take after me a little bit, maybe the house would stay clean!
“At the end of the day, the most overwhelming key to a child’s success is the positive involvement of parents.” ~ Jane D. Hull