If you’re a mom, and you have a teenager, you already understand this.
There is a whole unwritten FB manual on this topic, a secret code that can only be unscrambled in the teenage mind.
Evidently I inadvertently break the “rules” often.
So…since publicly praising a young person on facebook is “embarrassing”, I will
privately discuss them here on my public blog. Somehow that makes it acceptable.
In our community, a running group has recently formed. We run 3 miles, 3 times a week at 5:15am. I have been so impressed by the teenagers that run with us. I mean really…how many young people do you know with that kind of motivation & dedication to their health? Well…I know at least 5! No one is MAKING them come, they set their own alarm clocks and somehow show up by 5:15am even with smiles on their faces! I am very impressed with them! I think that says a lot about who they are & where they are headed in life.
There is one young man that hasn’t missed a single run the whole 3 weeks since we began. I just have to brag on him a little more. My husband, Matt, had to work out of town yesterday, but on a typical morning run, Matt will run back and forth to check on all of us. Particularly in the areas with little light.
For some reason yesterday was tougher for a few of us. I had broken off from the group with a runner that wasn’t feeling well and headed back to our start/end place. By the time we got back she was feeling better so we decided to go ahead a finish up our last mile. When we arrived back about 6 minutes AFTER everyone else was finished & gone…he had waited on us to make sure we were OK. He had ALSO already ran back to check on another person in the group that had a tough run.
He probably doesn’t even realize what that meant to me, but it’s not every day that you get to see such a thoughtful gesture by a young person. So today I will restore hope in the hearts of moms everywhere. Proof that the thoughtful, focused, teenage male does exist. I just want to say how impressed I am by this young man….
….that I’m not allowed to show you his picture
…or say his name.