I didn’t know I had to brush my hair…

I had every intention of writing a sweet, maybe even beautiful, post about Mother’s Day. I was going to do all the typical things (Thanks for being you, Mom) and even a few untypical things (thank you to all the women in my life both those with and without children who have made me a better mother). But, all that got sidetracked this evening.

We had an earlyish Mother’s Day dinner with my mom, my dad, my sister Becky, and Jennifer. We scheduled it early because Vic’s surgery is tomorrow morning and we knew there were things we had to get done tonight and we just wanted to have a relaxed evening with the kids.

Recently, I’ve been kind of amazed by my children. Gabe has gotten so tall and seems so grown up. He reads amazingly well and is kicking ass in school. Marty has grown again, too. He’s taller than all of us. And, Joey has been kicking butt lately. He is so very good with Gabe and has taught him all kinds of things including tricks on his scooter. Hell, we’ve had a near miraculous occurence with Joey. He actually started a school project over 2 weeks early. I have been so impressed with his growing maturity…but, I’ve also been mourning the rapid growing up of all my boys.

Tonight, I was reminded that no matter how much they seem to have learned, no matter how much they seem to have grown up, they are still clueless kids under all of it.

imageJoey asked me if I’d have time to give him a hair cut today. We trimmed it earlier in the school year but it’s been a while. However, he’s seemed to have been doing a good job taking care of his hair.  It was never too out of control and appeared fairly well tamed despite how long it had been since a haircut. I got him draped and ready for his haircut. I grabbed the brush and started to run it through his hair so the clippers wouldn’t get caught. I hit one snag and then another snarl and then another. Oh dear God! His hair was a mess. Then I asked the fatal question…”Joey, how long has it been since  you’ve brushed your hair?” He looked at me dumbfounded and said “I didn’t know I had to brush my hair.”

WTF?!?!?!?…I thought.  “Dude, how old are you?”

“Uh….12 years old.”

“And, you didn’t know you had to brush your hair?!?!?!? THINK…please.”

Just when the feeling of them growing up too fast threatens to become overwhelming, the realization that there is soooooo much left to teach them comes roaring back.

So, how was your day?

4 Responses to I didn’t know I had to brush my hair…
  1. The Animated Woman
    May 13, 2013 | 12:32 am

    A perfect thing to read on Mothers Day! He gave you the brush off hee hee….
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  2. Dad
    May 13, 2013 | 7:20 pm

    5/13/2013; Thank God that Vic came through his GB op. I hadn’t realized how concerned I was until Mom called with the news. As I hung up the phone, I have to acknowlege getting a little “weepy” over the news. AMLF, Dad

  3. Kathy
    May 15, 2013 | 9:49 pm

    Wow! That is so funny and a bit sad at the same time… We have experiences/situations like that with our nine year old son often. He is such an intelligent and quirky boy, but reminds us regularly that “common sense isn’t so common!”
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