All those years, when I was yelling sharing my wisdom with the children, it seems The Trailblazer really was listening.
This week I called him at school to discuss a change that’s going to be happening to our family soon. (The details of which are a story for another day.) I tell him about it, expecting a reaction of surprise, probably objection, definitely questions. Since he spends nine months of the year away at school, it affects him the least, but it’s still a big change.
After a brief discussion, he pauses and says, “I’m sure you and dad thought it through, so if that’s what you decided, then I’m sure that’s what’s best.”
There was a lifetime of reward crammed in that one sentence.
He actually said “I’m sure you and dad have thought it through…”
Did he really acknowledge that his parents are capable of intelligent thought? I wasn’t expecting that paradigm shift until he was about 30.
Did he really understand that we had considered the impact on everyone, and deemed it the right thing? I think he did.
Now, maybe he was just trying to get me off the phone so he could resume his game of beer pong studying. Or maybe he’s trying to figure out how to stay in Baton Rouge this summer to avoid it altogether.
Or maybe he meant what he said. Yeah, I’m going with that.
I’m giving myself a gold star for raising that boy. I hope the other ones have been listening, too.