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When All You Want To Do Is Pull Your Hair Out. . .

Being a parent to older children in their late teens and early twenties can be hard sometimes. So many of the decisions they make now can have far reaching consequences and as a mom I sometimes struggle with worries about whether I’m doing a good job in dealing with the various issues that come up.

This is what greeted me when I came home after a terrible afternoon dealing with a bus breakdown.

(Holly didn’t know I had had a bad afternoon.) The card reads ‘Just because I love you! and happy Thanksgiving Love Holly

Over the weekend Morgan and I ended up at home by ourselves on Thanksgiving Monday. (don’t worry, we had already had 2 dinners)

After running around a bit together and having his help to get some cleaning done I thought it would be nice to take him out for dinner.

While chatting Morgan says, “I’ve got something to tell you but don’t get mad.”

As you can imagine, my heart starts racing and my mind goes right along with it.

What could it be? Is it something terrible? Do I even want to know?!

He blurts out “I got a tattoo!”

My heart slows.

“But let me tell you why I choose the tattoo I choose!”

“Uh huh. . . .”

My mind starts to focus again. . .

“Well, I had an awesome childhood, right? “(You did? I did something right?)

“Yeah, we always had everything we wanted” (this from a boy who always wanted the great new toys his friends had, that we couldn’t afford) “and, it was just great! So, I thought about what some of those great memories were and what would remind me of those days and I thought, Playing video games with my friends! “( courtesy of Aunty Lisa who gave the kids her old game system when her kids got a new one for Christmas)

So. . .

without further ado. . .

I give you Bowser from Mario Brothers. . .

I ask you. . .

Could you be mad with a kid who just told you his childhood was awesome?

I couldn’t.

And really, with all the things he could have chosen to decorate himself. . .

I think I got off easy!

But Lisa. . .I blame you.

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