I’m the mother of two super cool young men, Steven (24) and Christian(17). Gone are the days of kissing boo-boos or cuddling on my lap, but it never ceases to amaze me how much I long to be “mommy” again. Don’t get me wrong. My nose and butt wiping days are OVER! I don’t ever want to do that again. However, when they aren’t feeling well, mom is who is there to make it better. That is one part of my new mom role that I cherish. Whenever you need me, I’m right here.
Christian is in the ER today with a swollen knee. He’s a b-boy and spends most of his time performing death defying moves on various part of his body.
He was performing at school Friday and ever since he’s been sidelined. He never made a big deal out of it, just kept his leg up with ice on it all weekend. Last night before bed, he walked over to me and said, “Mom, feel my knee.” As soon as I touched it, I yelled, “you have water on your knee!” It was all spongy & huge. There was definitely a doctor visit in his future.
I called the the pediatrician and they said to take him to the ER, he’ll need an x-ray. With two boys, I’ve seen the inside of many an ER. Broken bones, huge white meat cuts, fevers, tummy aches and the like, they both have needed me by their side to help them get back to health. There are many joys of parenting, but one of the best is being needed. The older they get, the less they need me. I’ve become less of a parent and more of an advisor. I truly treasure that role because at this age, they do what they want. You can only hope you raised them well in the ways that they should go and hope to God they never stray too far from it.
As I sit here and watch him sleep after being poked and prodded, I think back to when he was my little “Pootie” and loved being hugged and kissed. He has grown up so fast, but he’ll never be too grown up for mom’s love.
My son, Christian is a renaissance man. He dances (b-boy), plays bass guitar, is an artist (draws, paints, screen printing), photographer and budding graphic designer. He attends the local performing arts high school and is a visual arts major. For the past several years, he has been taking art classes at the University of the Arts during the school year as well as over the summer.
Last year he attended the Pre-College Institute for High School Students for the first time and was introduced to the real meaning of summer intensive! He was engaged for 8-10 hours a day, 6 days a week, practicing in various medium, attending lectures from industry professionals and visiting local museums and attractions with other like-minded teens. At the end of the program, there was a wonderful exhibit showcasing all of the extremely talented artists and their works. I was in awe of the pure talent and drive of them all. I met several of his classmates and like him, they were very honest, open and passionate about their craft. I took so much away from that exhibit; this program truly helps mold our future artists in such a profound way.
Imagine my surprise yesterday when Christian showed me the catalog that had just come in the mail. He is featured in the catalog with a very serious look on his face. The candid shot of him is from his painting class. He looks intently at his work while listening to tunes. All while sporting one of his favorite UARTS t-shirts. This is such a proud mommy moment! He’s such a wonderful, kind, handsome and funny kid. It’s his second time being featured in a Pre-College printing. They must love that face as much as I do.
The best thing I can do for such an artistic child is believe in his craft and support it any way I can. I think if your child shows interest in anything positive, it’s a parents job to cultivate it. We’ve been doing that for our boys since they were little and they always tend to find their way to their purpose. We’re looking forward to another wonderful and enriching summer! Maybe we will let him stay on campus this year……..