Friday, July 27, 2007

Fifteen Things I love about Raising my Boy

Friday Fifteen

1. He hates shopping
2. Mac and cheese for dinner makes me an instant hero
3. He doesn't care what he or she said about him (unless it's someone he cares about and they are legitimately mad at him for a legitimate reason)
4. Bionicles and legos! (Are these the coolest toys, ever, or what?)
5. I never had to play with Polly Pockets, Barbie or My Little Pony
6. It's his dad he's trying to break away from at this age (and yes, my dear friends with teen and tween girls, my heart goes out to you)
7. He doesn't want a cell phone
8. He thinks My Space and Facebook are a waste of time
9. He can hug hard enough that it hurts
10. I've never had to sew Halloween costumes - a broom and a drawn-on lightning scar were enough most years
11. Jokes, jokes, jokes, jokes, jokes, jokes, jokes
12. He's a nerd and proud of it!
13. He's tender and chivalrous with his female friends, his female relatives and with me
14. He's loyal and caring with his male friends
15. He has no qualms about seeming "smart" in school

And the thing I hate about raising a boy:

He has to register for the Selective Service in four, short years.


anno said...

That's a great picture, Jen! And a wonderful list. Let's hope much changes in the next four years.

Charity Tahmaseb said...

What a terrific kid! I love the part about jokes, jokes, jokes. That's so Andrew, too.

Hope he has a blast at camp. We get Andrew back tomorrow.

Anonymous said...

He sounds like a wonderful boy who is loved very much.

Unknown said...

Canada...My 18 year old is going to college in Canada. My hope is that he will remain beyond the clutches of the U.S. military machine. May your son do so too.

Marianne Arkins said...

LOL on the Mac and Cheese -- It's my DD's favorite meal, too. Why is that?

What a great snapshot of your son.

Irishcoda said...

what a great list! I have just one boy--well, he is a young man now, 20 and what you say about girls & tweens pulling away from mom but not the boys is SO true! I am closer to my son more now than I was since he was about 10.

Irishcoda said...

P.S. I also hear you on the draft issue...mine has flat feet so I'm hoping and praying...none of us have to see our sons drafted!

Jen said...

Thanks, everyone, for dropping by! I realized I wrote in a moment of pure mom-love and probably took bragging rights a bit. ;-) It's just fun when we see our little ones grow into young adults that we not only love, but actually like.

Good point, Greg - interesting thought on that.

And Charity, yup, I think Andrew and DS have some things in common.

Irish Coda - thanks for stopping by!

Marianne - yes, isn't mac and cheese a power meal for today's kids? Bizarre, isn't it?

And Anno - I realize I should have said "Can be tender and chivalrous to his female friends" - m. probably thinks I'm nuts now ;-)

anno said...

Jen, DS is tender and chivalrous, considerate and sweet. m., however, is just oblivious... as ever.

soccer mom in denial said...

Oh how I aspire to have two boys like your young man. Good job mama!!

But I forgot about registering at 18. Time to go throw up.

Jenn in Holland said...

Lovely list Jen! Hugs hard enough it hurts... I love that. Big strong arms from our little boys, eh?
He sounds like a great kid.

Rebecca said...

He sounds (and looks) like a great kid. I love it that he's a nerd and proud of it.

Jen said...

Soccer Mom, I can't take the credit for him - he is who he is. He's in a fun stage right now. ;-)

Jenn - he's always been a great hugger. Needless to say that was a big charm to his female relatives. It's amazing when they become bigger than you are.

Rebecca - it's a good thing, too, because we're all kind of nerds around here, and if he wasn't proud of it, his dad and I would probably embarrass him even more than we do now ;-)

Squishy said...

Are you serious your son is being drafted in 4 years. Sorry for sounding stupid but this doesn't sound right to me. I am Australian and there would be no way in hell I would go down quietly if someone was going to take my baby from me and put him in the army against his will. I had no idea that they could still do that. I have to starting reading the papers more often I think.