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Car pool & teenagers 
Jan. 10, 2011 12:48 pm 
Updated: Jan. 10, 2011 1:13 pm
Wow!  The weekend sure sped past me.  Cynthia reconciled herself to turning 50 (the wine helped).  My one son got another step closer on his path to become an Eagle Scout (momentary pause for pride).  I made a slow cooker Roasted Chicken that was scrumptious (thank you All Recipe) and I DID NOT get the booby prize at card club!
  Today, as I was driving home the young teens in my car pool, I found myself just smiling away, while listening to them.  "I hate school!" are always the first words uttered from one of my occupants, shortly followed by a "I want to be president of the world and ..."
Their energy drives us home.
 I listen and ponder some of things they talk about, grateful to have this glimpse into their lives.  Sometimes I even comment or I will say something just to get them going.  I don't know why some adults avoid teens.  These snapshot conversations into their lives can be very eye-opening, sometimes scary - but always interesting and worth the time it takes to listen and the effort to be quiet. 
  Some of them are nearing the stage when they will get their license.  I'm dreading that day, when they are off, driving themselves.  I can already feel the gap widening and my sense of loss is bittersweet.  I will miss the daily "I hate school!" because I know it means I will be just that much closer to being out of their loop.  Their laughter will become a memory in an empty car.
  Tonight, unfortunately, is concession-stand pizza for dinner - as I watch my youngest play JV basketball.  The up side?  By the time I buy my slice, I will be so hungry it will probably taste divine
Jan. 10, 2011 1:02 pm
Oh how I miss those vans full of teenagers! One dark night I was driving home a van full of both boys & girls, my son sitting all the way in the back. As we were pulling out of a drive that we had just dropped off a girl, I hear my son's voice say "Dude! Remember when we tee-peed her house and her dad came running out and tried to catch us??" Much laughter followed and accounts of how hilarious that evening went. Finally - I cleared my throat and sweetly say "Steve - tell me more of this great night! I haven't heard this story yet." It got silent, then his buddies starting cracking up. My son had forgotten just who's car he was in and who was driving! I got a tiny blast back to the past this Christmas break. My son was home from college and a couple of evenings we had some of his college buddies here for dinner. It was so fun to have a house full of loud, boisterous boys again, if even just for a night or two! I work in a high school guidance office so I do still get to witness teenage energy. And, I so remember those concession stand dinners! One year, on my birthday, I had a hot dog at one school's concession stand while watching my son play middle school football, then on to a high school on the other side of the county to watch my daughter play soccer - there I had dessert - M&M's. :-)
Jan. 10, 2011 1:13 pm
Great Times! Got to grab any open window into their lives and keep peeking in it. I always tell my oldest - now a senior in college - I don't want to know everything, I just want a clue
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Colleen Wisniewski

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