Mom Angst


One of my daughters has had boyfriends since she was in Jr. High. One after another, some only last a few days or weeks, then she’s on to another. Lately, she’s tapered off a bit… we wonder if it’s just the law of percentages. Has she just run through all the available boys in the area?

My other daughter, however, has been biding her time and saving her attention for someone special. She is a Sophomore now, and has only had one boyfriend, a guy she “went with” a couple of years ago for a month or so. Last week, she went to a movie with a boy who asked her out, and tonight we picked him up for a Sadie Hawkins dance he invited her to (didn’t get the concept of Sadie Hawkins, apparently).  For some reason, watching them walk in to the gym together made me all soft and weepy inside. I didn’t actually cry, but I did get all sentimental about the fact that she’s getting all grown up and having dates with boys who are taller than her and stuff. Thinking about how he sits behind her in English class and wondering what he was thinking about her that led him to ask her out… it’s just so sweet! A nice young man (straight A’s and a linebacker on the football team) finds my daughter interesting and funny and attractive enough to hang out with. So cool!!

Maybe my hormones are on the rampage… I was all weak and pouty during my bellydancing class the other night too. (you can read that story here)

In any case, it’s just interesting to me how differently I’m reacting to my two daughters’ dating habits. Maybe I’m jaded about D’s relationships because she’s had so many? I don’t know. It’s not like D’s boyfriend isn’t a great guy – he’s studying environmental science at a local junior college, is comfortable hanging out with her at our house. Maybe I need to be taking that one more seriously… she’s 18 now, so long-term stuff could be right around the corner…

I think I’m rambling.


About Laurie

I have too many hobbies, but have finally learned (sort of) how to focus on one at a time and stifle my desire to add more. ;) I'm a mom, a wife, a writer, an artist, a seamstress, a gardener, a backyard-chicken farmer, a fundraiser, a movie-lover, a book hoarder, a junker, a thrift-store-shopper... I also love to laugh, make people happy, and take road trips. Some of these things make it into blog posts. I'm almost 50 and I'm still able to sleep through the night. I consider that a success.

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