Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Big Mack


Last week, I registered my baby boy for high school.

It brought a great deal of anxiety to our home. There were tears and panic attacks. Late night worry and lots of stress.

And all of it mine.


It is a marvel to me, this child of mine. Where I am worry and uncertainty, he is all confidence and cool. His junior high experience was (thankfully) nothing like mine. He breezed through halls that are fraught with angst and cruelty, and has come away unscathed.

He has aced all of his honors classes and still finds time to shoot a few hoops with his friends in the back yard. He loves freely and laughs often.


He likes the girls, we are discovering, but not overtly so. He's a fierce competitor, but not a poor sport. He wants to be just like his father and he loves his brother more than anyone else in the world.

Quite frankly, he's got us all wrapped around his not-so-little-anymore pinkie finger.


And, in spite of my protests otherwise, he will turn fourteen in just three days.

The clock is ticking on our time with this one. Here's hoping it slows down long enough for me to enjoy it.


Dalene said...

I would really love if this cute boy would marry one of my cute nieces so I had a good excuse to gawk at him for many years to come. Too cute.

Dalene said...

PS... I've missed your posts... :-)

Julianna said...


How incredibly awesome.

My stepson is applying to college right now. I remember when he was 8.

Where does all the time go?

Cathy said...

What a handsome young man. I picked up my baby boy's registration packet for kindergarten this week. I had a big smile on my face while I did it too.

Travelin'Oma said...

Every stage is fun—I predict you'll love having a high school kid!

Angie said...

I know exactly how you feel! My soon to be high schooler will be turning 14 as well in exactly 1 week! My oldest is in her 2nd year of college and her high school years flew by. It makes me sad because we only have 2 and I just know graduation will be here before I know it!

danandcindy said...

I still can't believe that you haven't ruined him yet.

Bridget said...

I can not believe that kid is going to be 14! Yay, McKay! What an amazing young man you've got.

mae said...

He's handsome and adorable at the same time.

Lauren in GA said...

I hear ya. I almost croaked when Evan became a 9th grader this year.

I am so happy that McKay does so well and is confident and happy. So AWESOME.

You and I both are WAY too young to have fourteen year olds.