Today is my Elder Spawn’s 13th birthday. Â She is officially a teenager today, but she’s been exhibiting teen behaviors for a while. Â She has all the normal pain-in-the-butt attributes of teendom Â but she’s also pretty cool. Â She has proven herself trustworthy and loyal to her friends, has a lovely diverse group of them, boys and girls, mostly on the geeky side. Â I see a lot of myself in her, we have a very close relationship that I sometimes have to push aside in order to assert my parentishness (parentlyness? Â parenthoodliness?) and bring down the discipline.
She’s a good kid, and though she is a butthead to us sometimes other adults think she’s awesome. Â She recently received an award from school, one of about 30 kids singled out by teachers and staff. Â They were basically citizenship awards, hers was based on her positive, cheerful attitude and willingness to work hard and not complain (her Mama and I were sitting there thinking, we’d love to see that at home too, please).
I like her, I think she’s a really cool kid and a fantastic person and she’s going to be an awesome adult. Â Happy teenagerhood, my (formerly) wee Spawn. Â I love you.
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