How can one little boy be so exasperating and so charming at the same time?
When Caleb was born, I fell head-over-heels in love with him. Which was a relief, because I had wondered if I could possibly love a baby boy as much as I loved my baby girls. Yep.
From day one he has been all BOY- through and through. He wanted to wear a tie like his dad before he turned 2. He tried to sing in a manly voice like his dad. He was a natural at anything athletic. And he never stopped moving.
He is still
full overflowing with energy! Everything he chooses to do, he does with 100 percent of his body- mind, muscle and heart.
The problem is… we rarely agree on what is worth his attention. He fights me on bathing and brushing his teeth. He fights me on chores and homework. He fights me about getting up in the morning and going to bed at night. He pushes and pushes until I think I may lose my mind.
He can’t figure out why I care if he throws rocks into the road when cars are coming. Or what the big deal is about getting sent to the principal’s office. He really doesn’t get why he got in trouble for playing so rough that he made the 5 year old neighbor kid cry.
I worry that he’s going to be a person that has to learn life lessons the hard way.
And yet… even as I type this post, he wants to talk about this really cool treasure hunt he is dreaming up. And last night he spent an hour trying to memorize Dragon Hieroglyphics from his new Dragonology book. He asked if I thought he was the only one in the world that could read their language. I wanted to squeeze him and kiss him, but instead I told him he was probably the only human who could.
He is smart and funny and handsome and independent. He has great ideas and is a hard worker.
I ask again… How can one little boy be so exasperating and so charming at the same time?
I guess maybe that is what being a parent is about. It is frustrating and rewarding, exciting and mundane, painful and peaceful. I guess maybe we have to taste the bitter so that we know to prize the good. Maybe that is what being a person is all about.