Drowsy again. It seemed like I was constantly sleepy anymore. Groggily I wiped my eyes to peer into the window, a magical eight ball of my childhood, the clear blue easy of teenage angst. Nothing was normal in my 17-year-old life. My parents were still at each other’s throats, hashing out a nasty divorce, my stepdad was being taken by cancer, and my boyfriend was soon to head off to the Army, leaving me to fend for myself. That one aspect did seem constant, I had become familiar with handling difficulty without much intervention. This test had no lines, it had words. Maybe that’s how I knew it was real. There was no room for interpretation, negotiation… nothing. “Pregnant”.
The Perks of Playing Sports
Are your kids bored? That’s pretty much normal because the attention span of kids is usually 3 to 5 minutes. And that’s very short, don’t you think?
This is a picture of my mum and I from a couple of years ago.
You have devoted your life to your children and family. Your youngest child is a teenager and in just a few more short years will be off to college or out in the world living their own life. You’ll be all on your own for the first time since they were born. You wonder:
I have always been the only child for my mom. I didn’t grow up with my dad and only had a chance to see him once, 21 years ago when I was already 27 years. My mom got pregnant of me after being married for only 6 months, and she divorced him right after. He found out about me months later. They never allowed me to see my father or let him near me. At the time of our first and only encounter, he mentioned that I had a sister and two brothers, and told me their names.
It's that time of year again! If you are like me, this time of year can be pretty stressful trying to budget gifts for your family. Sometimes that stress can make the holiday a little less fun. But it doesn't have to be that way!
Well, it happened. My energetic, bubbly and sweet little girl woke up a reluctant, mumbling teenage loaf. Mom is no longer cool. Everything is “literally the worst.” And don’t even get me started on how boys became “so cute” – overnight.