At the risk of sounding cocky, I used to think I was a really good journaler. I used to finish a layout and think "Yeah. I nailed that story." Maybe not after every layout, but certainly far more frequently than I feel that now. In truth, I feel like none of my recent layouts have been particularly poignant. I'm sure there are valid influences at play. Maybe it's harder to emote about teenagers? Maybe the complexity of my living arrangements have left me guarded? Maybe it goes all the way back to the divorce? This is most probably the closest. After the separation I gave up scrapbooking all together for a couple of years. And when I picked it up again, things had definitely shifted in my mindset...
Whatever the reason, I want to change it. At $12, Jill's class seemed like a good idea. Over this past weekend I had pulled out a picture of Ted. He was sitting in my old bedroom, watching t.v. with me and soaking his feet in vinegar water. He would probably prefer that I not share this with the whole world, but Ted's feet can really hum. So every couple of weeks during baseball and football seasons he soaks his feet in vinegar water. It's a miracle cure for foot odor. No lie.
I feel like there's so much to say. But when I looked at the photo all that came to me was schmaltzy 'soaking up' puns. Ugh. I love this kid and I'm so impressed and proud of him and the way he carries himself, his work ethic, how kind and helpful he is, and ....and...and...and a hundred other great qualities. But nothing bubbled to the surface without making me groan.
I wanted to have a nod to the fact that he was soaking his feet, but I wanted it to be subtle. My take-away from the first lesson of Scrapbooking from the Soul was to look past the obviousness of the photo and find the bigger story. It occurred to me that we're really just entering Ted's teenage years. He's rounding the corner to 15, but I sometimes lose sight of that - he is so tall, so manly, and so mature that I forget that he's just 14. When the phrase 'getting our feet wet' popped into my head I knew that was something I could run with.
I'm going to share the journaling, but please keep in my mind that I have a degree in math for a reason. While I enjoy writing for my personal use, it's never been anything to served me well academically. So...be nice. :P
We’re only about a year and a half into Ted’s teenage years. I feel like we’re just getting our feet wet here. If you believe the hype about raising teenagers that’s perpetuated by sit-coms, this is supposed to be hard, eye-rolling work. Everything from getting him to take out the garbage to getting him to bathe should be a massive undertaking. But that’s so not the case with Ted. Maybe it’s the athletic training? Maybe it’s just his genetic make-up? But Ted has always been a good kid. Not perfect, mind you, but he really strives to do good. I suppose that in some regards I’ve been holding my breath, waiting and wondering if the teenage years will change that about him.
We’re just getting our feet wet here. There’s still a long way to go and I’m hoping the trajectory we’re on continues. I love that Ted respects others and that he respects himself, too. I love that Ted isn’t too cool to give his mom big, floppy hugs. I love that he thinks about others and will do sweet things to make others happy. Yes, I can’t deny that his willingness to take the garbage out without being told is a personality trait that I hope lasts forever. But in this photo, Ted is soaking his feet in vinegar water and watching t.v. with me. I adore the fact that he’s willing to do both of these things. One demonstrates his respect for self, the other one just makes me warm and fuzzy. Thank you, Ted, for keeping me company and making me so proud to be your mom.
Thanks for stopping by. And if $12 won't break your bank, I do highly recommend "Scrapbooking with Soul." It's good stuff.