Saturday, August 20, 2005

May I Brag?

When my son, who is sixteen, leaves the house, he always gives me a hug goodbye. Even when his friends are there.


Blogger kimmyk said...

I'd brag too. I have to say "Adam come give your momma a kiss". He gets so frustrated at me. It's like Christmas though when he does it on his own. Almost makes me break down and cry like a sissy mary.
You can brag...

8/20/2005 08:23:00 p.m.  
Blogger Susan said...

When Henry was about two and was going through a BIG Kiss Everyone All the Time phase, Wade said sadly, 'You know, someday he won't want to kiss me anymore.' But then I noticed that my 35 year-old brother STILL gives my dad a hug and kiss when he says hello and goodbye.

You have a good son there, Mary P.

8/20/2005 10:05:00 p.m.  
Anonymous M&Co. said...

Oh how sweet. I hope my kids will still speak to me when they are sixteen, I wouldn't dare hope for kisses.

8/20/2005 11:31:00 p.m.  
Blogger Heather said...

You can brag about that. Way cool. Harry is so affectionate. I hope that he will hug me in 10 yrs too...

8/21/2005 10:17:00 a.m.  
Blogger ieatcrayonz said...

I want that with my kids.

8/21/2005 01:46:00 p.m.  
Blogger Mary P. said...

Kimmyk: I never take this for granted. I have no idea what I did to have this happen - it's probably just intrinsic to the boy, nothing to do with me - otherwise, I'd be sharing the secret with all the pining mothers out there.

Susan: I do have a good son. And with his uncle being such a great role model (and his dad, too, I'd bet), Henry probably has a better-than-average likelihood of ending up being an affectionate young man. Keep those fingers crossed!

M&Co: He doesn't kiss me much, though he accepts mine on his cheek (I have to go on tiptoe to reach!) with no problem. But the hugs are wonderful enough - you'll hear no complaints from this momma!

Heather: I hope so, too. The affection of a teenage boy may not always be a standard hug, mind you. I'm rather partial to the "lean", when they come up beside you, loom into your personal space and lean their shoulder against yours. That falls within the category of "hug", I'd say. Sometimes it's a punch in the forearm, too, which I appreciate somewhat less - they have no idea of their strength at this age...

Crayonz: don't we all? Four hugs a day for survival, the saying goes, and I for one see that as the bare minimum!!

More musing: All mothers want is a little return on their investment, after all... And why not? What's a hug in exchange for the gift of your life, anyway, you ungrateful wretch?? That which can't be taken for granted, however, is all the sweeter when it happens!

8/21/2005 02:04:00 p.m.  
Blogger ieatcrayonz said...

I never told my mother I loved her from 2nd grade until college. If she noticed, she never said anything.

I am an ungrateful wretch.

I tell Lauren I love her at least 100 times a day.

8/22/2005 04:38:00 p.m.  
Blogger Mary P. said...

I bet you're not any more! Motherhood gives one a new appreciation for one's mother. It certainly did me.

8/22/2005 05:39:00 p.m.  
Blogger The June Cleaver Diaries said...

I want this with my boys, too!!!

8/22/2005 08:11:00 p.m.  

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