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  • "Have you ever been in love? Horrible isn't it? It makes you so vulnerable. It opens your chest and it opens up your heart and it means that someone can get inside you and mess you up.... One stupid person, no different from any other stupid person, wanders into your stupid life...You give them a piece of you. They didn't ask for it. They did something dumb one day, like kiss you or smile at you, and then your life isn't your own anymore. Love takes hostages. It gets inside you. It eats you out and leaves you crying in the darkness. " Neil Gaiman

    "I am done. DONE!" exclaimed my 16 year-old son, referring to the latest drama involving his new girlfriend, friends, and some sort of awkward social situation.

    "Oh I see" I said cautiously, focusing on slicing my beets and carefully laying them atop the spinach for the salad. Not saying too much. Not looking up at him at all, no eye contact. No way....

    "Hmm" I answered. "I don't think that's quite true. You're not done" I said, sprinkling the feta, "you are only just beginning." Though I did not look up, I was sure I then smirked.

    I looked up as he pushed the screen door open and caught a glimpse of his crooked smile, so similar to my own, as he bolted out the door. It was a just a few seconds, but a successful few seconds. A success at breaking through, at not being regarded as old and out of touch. Not a "dork." I felt good about it. He texted me later to tell me that the problem (never actually explained) had resolved itself.

    "Good honey, good!" I said. "Being a teenager sucks. But it's great too, right?!"

    "Yeah..." he replied. I could see the invisible chuckle. "I guess so. OK mom. I'll be home at 11."

    "OK. Have fun. Bye."

    Buckle up and enjoy the ride, my sweet prince. It really is all just beginning.

    photo credit: ubercounselor on Flickr
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