Monday, April 19, 2010

What a difference a day makes!

Monday, April 19, 2010
Day 1 of Spring Break, 2010

Compared to yesterday, today was a piece of cake.

Compared to yesterday, today was fairly acceptable.

 We (Jonathan and I) slept in. I got up about 7:30, but let him sleep until almost 10 a.m. Last night was late, what with all the ranting and raving going on.

When I woke up, the first thing I thought about was last night. I felt very tired. I'm just bouncing back from a virus, and felt like maybe I needed to go back to bed...for about a week. But I got up. I made coffee. I sat on the front porch. I drank coffee. I felt good. Thank God.

After Jonathan took care of Skip (the dog), I told him to shower and dress and get ready to go. We had things to do; places to go. 30 minutes later, I went up and told him "that's long enough!" and he turned off the shower. 30 minutes after that, I asked "Jonathan, what are you doing?" His reply was, "I'm getting ready to go!"

My pockets were so heavy. All I could say was, "Please hurry."

It was around Noon when we finally set out. He wanted me to take him bowling. "Jonathan, we have to get gas, go to the bank, and go to Target. I'm not sure if bowling is going to fit into out plans today." As far as his 14-year-old mind knew, everything was right in the world.

We went to the bank. He got a free pen. We filled up with gas. He had a nice conversation with Ed, the owner. "Mom, why does he always dress up?" he asked. "Because he's the boss!" I replied. Off to Target.

Call me a bad mom, if you must. The reason we went to Target was to buy me new underwear and bras. I did not allow Jonathan to leave my side. My phone rang; it was my sister. I handed her over to Jonathan, who was more than ELATED to take her call...anything to get away from looking at bras with his mother! Poor baby.

We descended upon the Women's department. "Mom, can I go down to Sporting Goods and meet you there?" Hmmm..."Okay, but don't leave that area. I'll be there in a few minutes." When I got there, he was nowhere to be found. I went around the store twice. I almost panicked, until I saw him. "Why didn't you stay where I told you to?" "Because I went looking for you, because you never showed up!" he replied. "Hey mom! Do you want to see if there are any good books?" I love my son, I really, really do.

We left Target, nearly $100 poorer, but happy with what we had...who isn't happy about new underwear and bras?! Jonathan hadn't had the time of his life, but he was okay. We did not go bowling. We came home. He took care of the dog "because it's part of how you love your pet" I reminded him. "Whatever" was his reply.

Jonathan chose turkey GLOPP for dinner. He was so happy, and excited that there's enough left for his breakfast in the morning. Right now, he's upstairs watching the movie, "Little Shop of Horrors." Tomorrow, he's spending Day 2 of Spring Break 2010 with me - at work - because I still don't trust him. It makes me sad, but it's for his own good...and my peace of mind. It's not my first choice, but it's the best choice.

God bless every parent out there who struggles with "entertaining" their children during a week-long break. Some kids have it better than others. Jonathan has it pretty good, in my eyes. Some day he'll get it.

Friday we will meet Warren in Connecticut and drive to New York City for the weekend. We get to go to the Statue of Liberty, Ground Zero, MOMA, and we have a really nice hotel to stay in! It's going to be great. Jonathan is not very excited.

Well, he's only 14.

God bless us all.

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