Now I have an (almost) teenager.
A female. Twelve years of age.
I know there are worst things in life but this one rocks my boat right now. At times, it is as if an alien has taken over her body (and her mouth.)
I have mentioned it to a few mothers. Yesterday, I got the sign of the cross from a saleslady who had older daughters. (chuckle) Those little bits help me laugh and know, this too shall pass. It may take a few years but this too shall pass…
I know she keeps it together at school and puts her guard down when she gets home.
She is finding herself. These are the oh so awkward Middle School years. I can look at pictures from just months ago and it is amazing how much physical transformation is taking place.
And what is going on in the inside?
When she acts herself right now, it pushes my buttons. Somewhere, I am lost where my own development stopped. I know that I never really broke free and emotionally individuated from my own parents. This did not happen until my forties. This is what consciousness is all about. But I am slowly learning how to be present and when my anger, frustration come about in reaction, I try to stop and be with it. I know my girl needs me to rise above. And I'm working really hard to do so.
I'm getting a lot of practice. Heh heh heh.