I had what I like to call a come-to-Jesus talk with Nathaniel.
14 is such a rough age.
Hormones pulling you in one direction. Family pulling you in another. Friends pulling you in so many ways you feel a little dizzy.
It’s so easy to let him slide when I see him making jackass choices.
Because 1) he doesn’t do it often 2) he really is a gem compared to what most 14yo boys are 3) after all he’s been through, we’re pretty lucky he isn’t holding up liquor stores.
I try to remember what has made him the gem he IS the fact there’s no sliding.
Especially as he get older and the chance to be an influence in his life gets smaller and smaller.
I want the moments we laugh to last longer but I want the lessons I try to teach him to last forever.