January 20, 2010

And Then... There Were Two

Today is Mr. T's 13th birthday. I now have two teenagers in the house.

In the big scheme, it is easy to have my two eldest as teenagers; it is when Bones becomes one that I will be insane.

Or more so.

He's my organized son, the driven one, the one who has his life planned out. He informed me a couple weeks ago, "I'm going to have my children by age 28. I don't want to be old." This was more of an observation of watching my brother in law, aged 46, with his baby.

This is his plan, apply to the local High School that is ranked very high nationally, get in, do well, go to Georgia Tech and major in engineering, graduate and get a job he likes, get married, have kids by 30.

I have contingency plans for him through most of it until... the get married part. Can't help him with that gig...

Funnier still is the fact he is a HUGE FL Gator fan, but has no desire to go there. NONE. At.All. His first choice is MIT, then Georgia Tech, and then any other small engineering school with a great reputation... not UF.

He's a straight A student except for Religion, where he can't seem to pull better than a B+. I told him not to sweat it, that in my book, he's a straight A student.

Give me a break.

But, when in Catholic school, you gotta do the religion thing. (He's doing better now that I'm helping him study, which is a joke in itself that I'm helping him with religion, but we won't go there.)

Anyway, he's a great kid. I don't think the kid has ever been on restrictions. I've never had to take anything away from him for bad grades, poor behavior or anything. He's the middle child I watch for, for fear he'll get lost in the shuffle of his elder brother who went through some seriously sh*tty times in Middle School and his younger spaz crazy brother.

His favorite birthday cake is the same as my Mom's, Angel Food Cake with fudge frosting and strawberries. For dinner every year he gets my chicken pot pie. Why mess with something that works?

My traditionalist.

And so to Mr. T, on his 13th birthday, I say, “Happy Birthday my 2nd son. Should all the children be so blessed to be as loved as you are… for if they were, I suspect the problems of this world would be so very different… We love you so.”

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His Cake.

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Playing ball this Thanksgiving in his grandparent's backyard.

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Halloween. I never did post these pictures did I?

Posted by Boudicca at January 20, 2010 11:08 PM

.... happy birthday to Mr. T!..... I will always remember the first time that I met him at the Chattanooga Choo Choo and he was so tiny!....

Posted by: Eric at January 20, 2010 11:22 PM

Another teenager in the house, who reminds me of PN sorta...the under the radar, the organizer the planner. I understand your fear of him getting lost in the shuffle...

Find myself with my mouth open...another teenage in the house....

I recall when they were my children's age....

Still read nightly, enjoy....

3 very different boys, all from the same home.

Keep it up, we want to hear how MIT is

Posted by: AWTM at January 20, 2010 11:28 PM

Happy Boitday from da guy who's askeeeerd of alligators and who couldn't be an engineer if his life depended on it.

Posted by: Jim - PRS at January 21, 2010 12:40 AM

Happy Birthday to Mr T! Love that cake!! ;)

Posted by: Pam at January 21, 2010 08:28 AM

I can't believe he's 13. It wasn't very long ago that his tiny self was snuggled up against me watching cartoons at Mo's.

Posted by: Sissy at January 21, 2010 08:45 AM

Happy Birthday Mr T!

And remember, Univ of Michigan has one heck of a great Engineering college too!

Posted by: Quality Weenie at January 21, 2010 09:39 AM

Woo Hoo! PARTY! Happy birthday young man.

And the Halloween pics - too darned cute.

Posted by: patti at January 21, 2010 10:28 AM

I agree with QW, although the one further north isn't bad either (MSU), but if he wants serious engineering and can stay away from the drinking, we have one even further north (MTU) stuck in the middle of Lake Superior.

We were able to convince our eldest that she didn't want to go that far north (MTU) by taking several days to get there to visit (stopping by Mackinac Island and Tahquamenon Falls on the way up), then driving home over the better part of one day. She decided that she didn't want to be that far from home.

Posted by: The Thomas at January 21, 2010 12:53 PM

He sounds like a great kid. Check out R.I.T for an engineering school. My son goes there for Mech.engineering. Real good school. Not sure he would be able to handle the cold and snow though.

Posted by: VIPERGIRL at January 21, 2010 01:13 PM

Happy Birthday Mr. T!

Posted by: Denny at January 21, 2010 02:31 PM

Happy Birthday Mr. T!!!!

I have a 'couple' of middle children and I think that is always the worry with them that they will get lost in the shuffle.

My youngest is about the same age as yours but I also have FOUR teenage GIRLS! Can we swap some day?

Posted by: Lemon Stand at January 21, 2010 02:37 PM

Woopie! :D He's 13 :D Happy Birthday!

On a more serious note, I will pass along a piece of parenting advice to you Bou: Do not ever withhold learning to drive because of bad grades!

We learned this the hard way. Since our oldest son had abysmal grades, we thought it might "motivate" him to not allow him to drive. Well ... he had many friends who could drive and so he always had a ride wherever he wanted to go and it was not sufficiently motivating. Of course NOW it is a serious inconvenience to the entire family! Once they start driving, they can be very handy :) But as passengers and not drivers .... not so much!

Posted by: PeggyU at January 21, 2010 04:48 PM

Happy Birthday, Mr. T! (God love ya, Bou!)

Posted by: Omnibus Driver at January 21, 2010 05:52 PM

Happy Birthday to a new teen!

Posted by: Mrs. Who at January 21, 2010 05:59 PM

Happy Happy Birthday Mr. T!!! I know you'll do great wherever you end up for school (they'll be lucky to have you!)

Posted by: Teresa at January 21, 2010 07:24 PM

Happy Birthday Mr. T! And how 'bout a piece of that cake?

And I am so going to dress up as a whoopie cushion next Halloween.

Posted by: diamond dave at January 21, 2010 07:28 PM

That picture of the boys throwing the football must have been taken just seconds before it caught in the palm tree. The tennis ball fell out, but the football is still up there.

Posted by: Angus of Speyside at January 21, 2010 08:36 PM

Happy birthday to your young man. I had a great childhood, but when I turned teen, and learned what real targets of opportunity were, life changed...works that way on both sides, I think. I learned early on to have as much fun as possible and to be smart about it. My mother pretty much supported me...at least with everything she knew about. If she only knew.

Let the good times roll!!!

Posted by: Yabu (EOTIS) at January 22, 2010 06:47 AM

Happy Birthday to Mr. T! :)

Posted by: Richmond at January 25, 2010 08:37 PM