An Italian-American living la dolce vita in the Deep South

An Italian-American living la dolce vita in the Deep South

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

If You Give a Teen the Wheel

I've mentioned before how our oldest, a sophomore in high school, has that teen-lack-of-communication-thing going on. When I pick him up in the afternoon, sometimes he'll talk about his day, but most of the time he morphs into a caveman, grunting and answering any questions with one word.

Except yesterday.

Yesterday, with me in the passenger seat and his two younger brothers snickering in the back seat, I handed him the keys and let him drive us all home.

And something peculiar happened.

He talked non-stop.

He asked questions. He laughed. He joked. In fact, I found myself in the most unusal situation of telling him to stop talking so much and just drive.

It was nice, though.

And we even made it home in one piece:)

4 comments:

Ellen Stewart (aka Ellie/El/e) said...

I would think if the And part wasn't happening, you would have mentioned it sooner!

;)

Lisa said...

Sweet. I'm thinking that he's feeling that touch of maturity that comes from your trust in him... and you're tasting the first sweetness of a changing relationship with your son. Going from Mom-referee-nurturer to Mom-friend is really a wonderful thing.

Tiziana said...

Leggendo questo tuo blog mi rendo conto che non sappiamo esattamente come sono realmente i nostri figli adolescenti fuori di casa. Che siano davvero più allegri e chicchieroni? Penso proprio di sì.
Bellissimo il tuo blog precedente, anch'io, nonostante l'età non riesco a rassegnarmi all'idea che sto invecchiando, mi sembra sempre di essere una "giovincella" e di dover ancora cominciare a fare tutto. Naturalmente voi siete molto più giovani di me, ma ti assicuro che tra dieci o più anni la sensazione non cambierà. Bella la foto, sembri proprio una teen-ager.
Un abbraccio.

PAOLA said...

Questo post è per Nicholas: se avrai bisogno di una sostenitrice quando dovrai convincere i tuoi genitori a comperarti una tua macchina, CHIAMAMI!