The Joy of Teenagers

Note: Teenagers do not like to be disturbed in their natural habitat.

There is something inordinately fun about teenagers.

The biggest thing is that it is really cool to get to know the people your kids grew into.

Last night I got to have dinner with just Beth and I. It's a rare occurrance. With Bethany's schedule we mostly see each other when I am playing chauffer. So, it was nice to be able just to talk over homemade spaghetti at the pizza place we used to love, but now hardly ever make it to.

The cool part is that anything can happen when hanging out with teenagers. As it was, we wound up squeezing in time to buy a birthday card (in Spanish because it is funnier), finding out it is impossible to get a gift card for gas so we wound up substituting cash and writing "for gas" on the bills, shoepolishing silly things all over the windows of Alex's new car, and driving by honking and laughing at Alex as she discovered it, all in the window of 30 minutes between dinner and Bethany's Bible study.

I have to say, I'm really proud of my daughter. Not for good grades or because she is pretty or because she is a good athlete (though those things are cool)...but because of who she is. Her character.

Bethany, baby. I really like the woman you've become.
© Random Cathy
Maira Gall