Mountain Man and I, along with my sister, her boyfriend, and another friend and her boyfriend, took all of our kids and a couple of strays on an outing to a water park over the weekend. All in all there were six adults, 4 teenagers, and 3 little kids and we had a blast. But the best part was watching these 2 teenage boys from my camp oogling after these 2 teenage girls from my friends crew and vice versa.
They all found out they were going together a few days before the actual event and the never-ending texting ensued. This was wildly amusing to watch for all of us adults in the group.
Those boys, one of which is my son, had to make sure they smelled good and fixed every single hair on their heads before we left that morning. Then, when we met up with the vehicle carrying the girls, I found out they’d been doing the same thing that morning before venturing out to be seen by these two young men. Primping, fixing their hair, putting on make-up, making sure their clothes were just right. And all of this just to go down a water slide and jump in a pool!
I found this to be so amusing and it brought back memories of myself doing the exact same thing when I was their age. It didn’t matter that the water would wash away any trace of make-up or flatten the highest bangs and best “wings” I could tease and spray up. I’m sure all you ladies remember this classic hairstyle from the 90’s.
No, it didn’t matter that well over an hour spent in the bathroom in front of the mirror would be gone with the very first dive into the pool. This grooming was an absolute necessity at 13! It had to be done! My very existence depended upon it!
It’s fun getting to be a parent and watching your own kids do some of the same things you used to do. Even though it’s a little different ’cause I have a 13 year old boy and he’s obviously not gonna to be coming to me for make-up tips or other feminine issues. But, none-the-less, it’s in those little moments, devoid of crankiness, attitude, mouthiness, and all other run of the mill nasty teenage conflict and drama, that I actually enjoy being the Mother of a teenager.