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Fifth Grade Blues

For me, more than Stink. 

At an informal parent meeting on Wed, I was told to brace myself for the fact that peers would be more important than parents this year. Hairdos would trump propriety, and social obligations would outweigh homework priorities.

In my heart of hearts, I wish I could say this wasn’t true. That MY kid was still a mama’s boy. that MY kid would still hug and kiss his mom outside the classroom door – to hell with his skinny jeaned posse!

While some of my wishes have been granted – he still hugs me on occasion or mutters “Love you!” while sinking his curly mop into my shoulder (Oh, God, my shoulder… he’s getting so tall) – he has, true to the warnings, started to show real signs of maturity.
 
And while this naturally brings out the weepy eyes in this mama, there is also a sense of pride and gratefulness. Despite my big worries about T.S. and it’s effect on his future, he really is just like any other boy – finding his way, navigating friendships, and loving a good fart joke.
 
Today, he brought a new kid home – one that shares the same faith background as him as well as his very namesake! The two of them barely spoke. They barely looked at each other. But at 6:45 I got a happy text from this boy’s mama. “My Stink said he had so much fun today! Let’s definitely get the boys together again soon!”
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Sounds like a good plan to me. 
 
Happy weekend. Hug your amazing tickers for me!
 
Check out more posts about Tourettes at the New Jersey Center for Tourette Syndrome where this blog is syndicated.
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About Andrea Frazer

Find me at www.happilytickedoff.com! I'm a produced television, magazine, newspaper and national blog writer available for freelance writing in the areas of faith, parenting, lifestyle and healthcare. In addition to ghostwriting and content creation, I am proud to be publishing my first book. Called "Happily Ticked Off," it is a humorous mom-moir about raising a son with Tourette Syndrome. I can best be described as Erma Bombeck meets Nora Ephron. I live to connect with others through writing, authenticity and just a wee bit of sass.

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