Soooo big! I find myself saying "Baby Alex" out loud and in my head a lot more often lately. I think it is because I am in mourning that there is no bit of baby left as you turn 14. 14! Your voice is deeper than all other men in our family including your dad and your grandfathers. Of course, there is an occasional crack in your voice now & then, but it is happening less and less. Your feet are gigantic (12.5 right now) and you are growing inches (currently 5'10"+) with too short pants all the time.
Trust the process I am writing down the following story, because it concerns you and I want you to remember it and make it a model for your life. Every year starting in fourth grade, you have tried out for the Glen Rock town travel basketball team. You did not make the team in fourth grade, fifth grade, sixth grade or seventh grade. Four years in a row of being cut, but you still developed your skills, played on other pay-to-play teams over the years an…
Today you are ten years old! However you have been telling everyone for awhile that you are ten, so I wonder today if you will start telling people that you are eleven.
All in The theme of the past year for you is definitely friendship and both learning how to be a good friend as well as who is a good friend to you. This should be easy, but at 44, I still mess up some days or have my feelings hurt other days. You are a fiercely passionate individual. To use a poker analogy, you never just call, you are either raising or all in. Meaning that in your friendships, a girl goes from being just someone in your class that you know to being your BEST friend who you would like to exclusively hang out with all day every day. Then one day, you decide that girl is OUT. And you move on to the next person.
So a couple of things to say about this: firstly, I say you are just like dad, but this all in until you are out behavior is kind of me....in my life (more with boyfriends, caree…
You are 13, almost 14. This evening you almost broke things in your room and were having a teenager tantrum while doing homework. When I came up to investigate, you were nearly in tears because you couldn’t get a background track to exactly line up with the vocals that you had recorded for a science rap.
I pointed out to you that most human beings would neither notice nor care, given that the grade one would be given would be based on an understanding of the science material.
I also pointed out that when it came to homework that you were perhaps the furthest thing from a perfectionist.
The fact of the matter is that you cannot fight who you are. You are a musician.
As I continue to live through the frustrating times of your organizational growth, I am happy to have something positive to write.