Into the Mind of a Teenager

Driving to baseball practice one day with  my youngest son, I became curious about what was going on inside his head.  He was very quiet and contemplative.  We had been going through a lot of turmoil due to some pretty severe health problems my husband was experiencing.  Naturally, I thought perhaps my son was thinking, perhaps even worrying, about his father.

“What cha’ thinking about?” I queried, glancing over at my son.

A brief pause ensued. Then in deepening voice came the reply, “Rocks.”

“Rocks!” I exclaimed.  “What are you thinking about rocks for?”

“Oh, I don’t know.  I was just thinking about the different kinds of rocks there are,” came the reply.

(Yahoo!  Our geology studies in homeschooling are paying off!)

As I endeavored to take a look into the mind of my teenager, what I had assumed he was thinking about was not the case at all.  He was otherwise preoccupied.

You never know what is going on in a teenager’s mind.  That being said, it doesn’t mean you should not attempt to find out.  Teens need you to.  There could be a world of hurt going on in there that they are not letting anyone know about.  It is important for you to ask though.

You never know when you try to delve into the mind of a teenager what you might find.  You may get some deep, hurt filled information that you can help the teen with.  But then again, you could get nothing but rocks!  Take the time though.  It’s worth it!


Know-it-alls.  I have such a hard time with know-it-alls.  You know, the ones who talk just to hear their own voices because they are so in love with themselves and what they know.  You think your meeting is almost over, and some arrogant chatter box feels the need to put in his two cents going on and on about things that are pretty much meaningless.  It is like hearing nails scratching on a chalkboard.  I imagine you have been there too.  I know this is a short post.  There is no moral of the story here today.  I just needed to vent.

The Day the Tide Exploded

The trip was going swimmingly with almost no hitches until the Tide exploded!

It was the final day of our week-long excursion when it happened.  I was diligently working to configure all our bags into the back of the mini-van when I saw some blue liquid flying out of the laundry basket we had brought along.  Much to my dismay, the entire bottom of the laundry basket was almost filled to overflowing with sticky blue Tide laundry detergent.  I never knew just how bright blue my laundry detergent really was until it was out there all over the parking lot illuminated by the sun.

We were in the process of checking out of our hotel, so I wasn’t quite sure what we were going to do!  This is when my family came together like a team.  The youngest guarded the open car as my husband and other son worked to clean up the sticky blue liquid that was flowing everywhere.  Who knew that something that is used to clean clothes could make such a mess!  When all was said and done, I had to wash my hands five times with soap and water so they wouldn’t feel so sticky!

I chuckle to myself thinking about all the bright blue liquid that was in puddles in the parking lot behind where we had parked.  It rained the very next day!  Can you just imagine all the pretty little bubbles that decorated that hotel parking lot?  Maybe someone will find some joy from our big blue mess!  Bubbles make everyone happy!

Top 10 Things I Have Learned from Watching my Dog

These are ten things that I have learned from watching my dog…in no particular order:

Sometimes you just need to sit and feel the gentle breeze that is blowing.

Anytime is a good time to play ball!

Chase the things you love.

Sleeping gives you a lot of energy.

If you don’t like it, don’t eat it.

If you do like it, but no one will share with you, find a way to eat it!

Nature is fun to observe.

A good walk is something you need every day.

If someone seems to be a threat to your people, let them know they are out of line!

Love should be unconditional!