Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Growing Pains

In summers past, I've purposely tried really hard not to have any book deadlines so I can focus on our son. This picture was from last spring. Last summer, I did have a deadline. I stayed up until all hours to write and spent as much time with him during the day as he'd allow. I'm so glad I did.

This year, he's 16, 6'1", working, and driving. I didn't have a book deadline, but it didn't matter because my baby has been gone most of the time. Swimming has always been our thing. We have an above ground pool and my husband doesn't like to swim. Logan and I have had some of our best conversations in the pool. 

I knew eventually he'd get too old to swim with mom. It finally happened. I only talked him into swimming with me once this year. So far. It's still hot here and I haven't given up. With my birthday coming up, I think I'll tell him I want a swim as my present.

School started Monday and I'm home alone during the day again. My only baby is a junior. Where did the time go. Before we know it, he'll be gone. We've decided that once he does move out, if he ever gets to where he doesn't come home, we're going to get a built in pool and build a cabin in the woods. Incentives for him to come see us.

So tell me about your kids. Do you still have any at home? If they're grown and gone, do they live near, do they come home often, or does it take incentives?


  1. Shannon, it's so tough when our kids leave home, but eventually they return with grand babies. That's when a different kind of fun begins.

  2. I feel your pain, Shannon. It’s hard when they outgrow spending time with you. You’ll come to cherish those times when he does seek you out.

  3. Congratulations on your releases, Shannon. And what a nice looking family you have. Blessings, my friend.

  4. I have one son and two granddaughters.

  5. Shannon, kids grow up too fast. We rarely think that when they're little...but the years roll by. I'm sure your guy will someday find his own true love, marry and have a family. As Mary said above, then you get to love those sweet grands! I have four!

  6. I remember when my cousin's oldest daughter was sixteen and my cousin said how she was spending as much time as she could with her because before you know it, they're gone. I thought, she's only sixteen. It'll be years before she's gone. Now I understand.

  7. I have a junior, as well! I know what you mean. I also have a daughter going off to college. Tough times for us moms!

  8. My biggest fear is that he'll meet and marry someone who lives far away. Girls tend to live near their parents more so than boys.

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