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My Life As A Middle-School Mom.
By Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado
Saturday, March 26, 2011

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A woman copes with living with two adolescent sons.

My life is governed by my kids.  They rule me.  They rule just about every aspect of my life.  They have me right where they want me ... and there isn't a darn thing that I can do about it!

Before they hit their teen years, my sons were the greatest little boys with the sweetest personalities.  Then adolescence set in, and it was like they literally morphed into subhuman beings overnight.  Suddenly, I'm living with two creatures from the Black Lagoon:  they both wear a size 15 shoe, they eat us out of house and home (we're always having to buy food every other day!), they don't rise before noon on most weekends, and trying to have them keep their rooms clean is akin to pulling teeth: it's next to impossible!

I kiddingly tell people I have zombies for sons.  They look like it with their blood-shot eyes (from staying up past midnight and then having to rise at six so they can be out the door by seven, seven-thirty the next day for school), their wild, unkempt hair, and wrinkled clothes that look like they came from the Dumpster at the local Red Cross shelter.  They don't say but two words to me before they eat their breakfast: they must have majored in Mumble 101.

When they have their breakfast, however, we can't get a word in edgewise.  Sometimes it's like trying to talk over a busted record, and Lord help them if they have sugar in their system!  It's even worse!  Then Rick (my husband) and I want to put muzzles on their mouths just so we can get them to shut up!!

Since they are teens, our boys are into all things rock (or rap) (to us it's just noise; we're always after them to tell them to turn things down), cool cars, girls (yes, the hormones have been raging since they hit puberty), and hanging out with their friends.  We hardly see them during the week unless they have homework to do, and the weekends are spent at friends' houses: they don't want anything to have to do with us; it's like we've become second nature in their busy lives!

How we miss the sweet, adorable, loving little boys of yesterday: just four short years ago, they weren't afraid to kiss or hug us or tell us just how much they loved us.  Now we are lucky if we get three words out of them; they mainly mumble or look for a way to escape.  They are not happy being cooped up; they have to get out, or else they might break down the door!  It's really gotten bad!

So what is a mother to do?? I'm not ready for my boys to be in high school in just a few short years!!!!  I want to keep them little forever and ever! 

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Reviewed by E T Waldron 3/27/2011
Well written interesting story Karen! Sounds like you know all about teenagers !;-) Powerful beginning, good luck with the rest of it.

Love and Prayers,
Reviewed by Rose Rideout 3/27/2011
Get a talking stick for the table, if you aren't holding it , you don't talk. I had five children all grown now and they knew I was the Mom from day one. It's never too late mama.
Great write Karen as usual.

Newfie Hugs, Rose
Reviewed by Paul Berube 3/27/2011
Great write, Karen.
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 3/26/2011
Was confused at first by the title, thought the Mom was in middle school. LOL Excellent story, Karen.

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by Michelle Kidwell Power In The Pen 3/26/2011
Great story Karen as always loved it, so glad to be back at least temporarily weather permitting!!!!!

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