Posted by Len Ramirez, Total Teen Dad | Posted in Miscellaneous | Posted on 22-10-2010
Tags: growing up, life, life lessons
You really don’t know what you’re going to get.
This week, my eyes became open, again, as if I was seeing through them for the first time. It happens, doesn’t it? Just when you think you’ve got a grip on who you’re children are, they continuously surprise you.
You raise them as little children, teaching them about what’s dangerous, what’s right and what’s wrong, and how to share.
As they get older, you try to teach them how to shape their own moral compasses and to learn to make their own decisions. You hope that you’ve displayed a value system that they appreciate and shape their own based on that.
Your kids grow up into teens and they achieve and they fall short. They make you proud and they sometimes disappoint. You still catch yourself smiling while you look at them from afar as they help somebody out or do something you wanted them to without having to ask them.
And then one day, they surprise you.
They ask you for advice, you give it to them, and they ignore everything you had to say.
They say things you never expect you’d hear come out of your mouth.
They condescend to you, as if you have no life experience.
They seem to forget everything you have sacrificed for them or have done for them.
For a split second, you want to tear them apart. What do they know?! Who gave them the right to speak to you like that?! How could they forget?!
And then you remember…
Chocolate tastes good.