Griffin is 13....legit teenager

As I think about Griffin turning 13, I have all the usual type of "mom" thoughts: I can't believe I'm old enough to be the parent of a 13 year old, I can't believe my sweet baby is a teenager already, the years are flying by so quickly, Griffin's childhood is really and truly past now.  This feels like a much bigger milestone to me than turning 40 was! But today I want to focus more on where he is going.  What is his future going to be like? And most importantly, what kind of man is he becoming? I could talk about his accomplishments, his good grades, learning to play the trombone, competitive swimming, but the most impressive thing to me, the most important thing to me, is seeing the goodness in him.  Griffin has always been kind, empathetic, friendly and loving and those traits are still with him, shining brightly. It is so reassuring to watch him mature into a reliable guy, a  fantastic son, a loving brother, a loyal friend.  He is helpful and thankful and engaging.  Of course, as the hormone waves ebb and flow, "The Bear" makes his appearance from time to time, that's my Gemini boy.  But through it all, consistent to his core, is an innate goodness.  I'm so thankful to know him, to love him, to travel this lifetime beside him.    

Birthday Interview

Age? 13
Grade?  Seventh

Your teachers this year? Mrs. Blake, Mr. Thompson, Mr. Emerson, Ms. Maples, Mrs. Bailey, Mr. Doyle, Mr. Watkins, Ms. Russell, Mr. Miller, Mr. Young

What activities/sports/clubs were you involved in this year? Swim team, Swim lessons, Trombone in the band, Beta Club
What pets do you have? Lottie, Zed and Cookie and tank full of colorful fish

What do you want to be when you grow up? Chemist, a success

Where is 1 place you really want to go? The Bahamas

What is your favorite………….

o   Subject in school? social studies

o   Meal? lasagna soup

o   Fruit? watermelon

o   Vegetable? carrots

o   Dessert?  cheesecake

o   Candy? sour patch kids

o   Drink? Sprite

o   Animal? Lottie

o   Thing to do inside? PS4

o   Thing to do outside? swim in the ocean

o   Kind of music? pop

o   Song? XO tour Llif3

o   Place we visited this year? Disney World

o   Chore around the house? "gross"

o   Thing to do with Mama? hike
o   Thing to do with Papa? homework

o   Thing to do with Lucy? mess with her

o   T.V. show? Rick and Morty

o   Movie? Guardians of the Galaxy 2

o   Toy? PS4

o   Book? The Legend Series

o   Day of the week? Friday

o   Holiday? Christmas

o   Season? Fall

o   Piece of clothing?  hoodie

o   Sound? tearing of paper

o   Word? "fake news"

o   Smell?  something in the crock pot when I walk in the door after school

o   Color? blue