This is my oldest son and the one time I caught him on camera without a huge smile on his face. This is before graduating so you couldn't call him an official adult yet but afterwards you couldn't wipe the joy off his whole body.
We've given him a laptop for his efforts. It's the most powerful computer in my house. My son was thrilled. If that computer could consent he'd enter into a civil union with it. If he takes it for granted it will eventually divorce him and demand support for all the flash gaming programs he's downloaded.
Now onto the work of family transition.
In other words, "Hey kid, go get a job."
Or in additional other words, "I still get to tell you what to do until you start paying your own bills." This is awkward for two adults and especially so when one has given birth to the other.
I'm not at all against a graduation gap though. He's earned that. It's peaceful when the manchild is in his room with the door closed cuddling with his warm toasty non-judgemental laptop. Soon enough the Navy recruiter will show up again and take him where laptops cannot go. He might find a substitute laptop just outside of the gates of the base but I've warned him about the viruses a young sailor might get that way.
Next on the to-do list to adulthood...grabbing that driver's license.
Where we live there is no pressing need to have one. Everywhere a manchild needs to go is a short walk or bike ride away. If the manchild wants to get a job selling giant sodas. e-cigarettes and showers to truckers down the street though, he needs valid state issued identification. Since we live rural, the law doesn't require driver's education classes, so they don't care who you con into teaching you how to drive as long as you pass the proper tests.
Did I mention that I live right on the Bonneville Salt Flats? World famous for land speed motoring type records because the flats are so damned flat! Not a tree for over forty miles!
I am so gonna teach that kid to gun it...gun your parent's mini-van hardcore. Turn KC & The Sunshine Band all the way up and get to livin' that dream.
Monday, June 04, 2012
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