Sunday, January 15, 2012


Dex Parade

Merriam-Webster defines adolescence first as " the state or process of growing up". The oldest boy is in that stage...adolescence. He is 12 going on thirty-five. Well, not really but, he is at the "Life sucks" stage a little too early for me. I do know with all that has been happening, and has's pretty normal. However, I want him (all the kids really) to know life is what you make it. Just like me, he tends to throw pity parties from time to time. In my old age I have learned to not do that so much.
A couple Christmas' ago Dexter bought me a book called It's Not Easy Being Green: And Other Things To Consider. I picked it up this morning just to skim through and found a quote. I had Dexter read it out loud a couple times. He smiled and went on with his morning a bit more cheerful. Jim Henson and the Muppets do that to me as well. Here is the quote.

"Usually adolescence is a time when kids feel that the world is doing it to them, whether it's their parents doing it to them or their teachers doing it or their other friends doing it to them, and that they are the victim of all of this. Somewhere in here, you have to learn you are not this victim, but instead you are the one doing it. That moment is sometimes a long slow realization or sometimes it's turning on a light switch. All of the sudden you realize you are the person who has control of your life.

This is what I want my kids to know, in the end it's up to you. Make yourself happy and live joyfully with a purpose. Everything else, is water down the drain.