The 'hood has been quiet since that incident. Walter told me today that I can't make him stay in the house. He will go out when I'm gone.
He feels like a prisoner and he can defend himself he says.
He is, and no he can't, not against guns and knives. But he's right. Nothing I can do. He'll be careful and be inside before dark.
Why his sudden defiance? Well its really not so sudden, but usually when I put my foot down, he doesn't outright defy me, he doesn't act all manly, just resigned and petulant. He respects my right to make the decisions.
He is questioning my reasoning and authority.
My kid..... Even annoyed at him I know where it comes from. I know he means it. He is thinking clearly. He refuses to give in to fear.
He's got a girlfriend. He told me yesterday. He asked permission to give her our phone number.
I'm not ready for this.
He's my baby. Now he's acting like a guy of all things!
He's almost 15 years old. A little chunky but mostly muscle. He's handsome as the devil in blue jeans, just like my Dad and Grandfather were. I guess I should have known it had to happen pretty soon.
I'm grateful that he's moral and good. He's a gentleman. He is planning to go over and meet little Miss Danielle's parents to make sure its ok for him to hang out with their daughter...OMG, he is sooooooooo old fashioned. He's planning on asking permission to court her in essence.
I know I'm a lucky Mom....but I don't feel so lucky right now. My baby is growing up so fast and his blasted siblings still haven't provided me with a child to hold and cuddle.
He needs to shave. I don't even know how to teach him.
I know that I did and am doing exactly what I was supposed to do with that nearly blue baby I gave birth to all those years ago. I did well, I took a helpless baby boy and turned him into a man who doesn't need me to hold him anymore.
What else could I do?
We worked out the terms, negotiated and compromised. A man's gotta do what a man's gotta do....Mom's just gotta deal with it.
I love the man he is becoming but I still want my baby back.