{September 2, 2012}   Today, I am thankful for … well, you’ll just have to read it (Trifecta)

Today’s post is simple. It’s for Trifecta. Their instructions this weekend are perfect for me.

This weekend we’re going to keep it short. Ridiculously short. The shortest it has ever been and probably will ever be. Robert Frost once said, “In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.” We want you to do the same. Sum up anything you want, but do it in three words. Your response should mirror Frost’s quote by beginning, “In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about–.” And the last four words are yours to choose.

My kids and I are moving back home from our hurricane evacuation today … “Dave-lessly.” And before you want to kill him for leaving during a hurricane, know that it was for work and it was completely unavoidable. He was destroyed about leaving. Truly, I was a little nervous, too. And I think my boy, Dean (now nearly 13), must have sensed it all … because he has been AMAZING in his dad’s absence. As in brings-tears-to-my-eyes amazing.

And here I was thinking he was just a punky kid.

He has helped my parents clean up their hurricane-ravaged yard (a Herculean task, I might add), helped my neighbor with her kids during the power outage and helped me on countless occasions before, during and since the storm. WITHOUT ME EVEN HAVING TO ASK!

So when I read the Trifecta prompt this weekend, I knew my subject immediately.

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In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about Dean — Becoming a Man.

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I love that kid. The one who made me a mom.


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Kari says:

I got chills. You must be so proud.

Thanks, Kari. I really am.

Kelly says:

One of your best posts ever! Made me cry. Congrats on your fabulous young man.

Thank you, Kelly. You just made my evening. :)

Gigi says:

This entry made me cry. I can feel it in my heart.

That’s my boy. And yours, too. :)

Heidi says:

*tears* how he has handled this past week is a true testament to how you and Dave have raised him.

Thanks, Heidi. I’ll be sure to share your comment with Dave.

You just love to make me cry, don’t you?
What a wonderful young man! Congratulations on raising such a strong, resilient, compassionate, supportive person.
You are good people.

Thanks, Amy. I’m sorry I made you cry. “Resilient.” I like that one. Perfectly describes strength in these situations.

Mel says:

Go, Dean! Nice work. I can only hope a young man is like this in my future. :)

Don’t worry. We have carbon copy families, remember? Wanna know what your future looks like? Take a look!

(Wait. Calm down, Mel. Stop crying. STOP CRYING!)

Mel says:

I look. I’m satisfied. Our kids rock. OUR KIDS ROCK, MICHELE!

As the mother of boys, I teared up a bit when I read those three words. Well said.

Gotta love your sweet boys, don’t you? Thanks for stopping by.

barbara says:

they surprise us, don’t they?

When we least expect it. :)

Thanks for stopping by.

deanabo says:

I love how powerful this is. Just a few words says it all.

Thanks. I was given good material with which to work this weekend. :)

Gina says:

He’s beautiful. I love my boy, now 19, more than words can express. There’s something about looking at a boy growing into a man that touches a mother’s heart. Thanks for the thought!

Thanks, Gina. I love your comment and the knowledge that my relationship with him, like yours, is only going to get stronger. He’s my hero.

Aw! You get extra points for pulling off a personal story for this prompt.

Thanks. I was lucky the weekend worked out this way. On many levels. :)

Robyn H. says:

Happy tears. You have every right to be proud!

Thanks, Robyn. That’s why I’m shouting it to “the world.”

Marie says:

Oh wow, impressive. Really impressive.

Thanks, Marie. I assume you’re talking about my boy, right? :)

Hot DAMN that’s awesome. When your kids come through for you, wow. You can really feel good about the man he’s becoming. GO DEAN.

I always love your comments, JQ. You have such enthusiasm. Thank you. :)

El Guapo says:

This one transcends the challenge.
Thanks for the peek into your world. It’s a beautiful place!

O Guapo, My Guapo. I so love your comments.

This one brought tears to my eyes. I can see glimmers of the same thing in my older son. It’s touching, really.

Lumdog says:

This is a wonderful piece. I am so moved. Since this is a short one, maybe you could print it up and hang it on the wall to mark this passage. I’m glad you and family are safely through the worst of the storm.

trifectawriting says:

This is beautiful. So glad you guys are safe. I hope you showed this to your son–lovely words.

Perfectly said.
I understand your husband’s/family choice- the foundation you have collectively laid down can withstand any storm.

Sandra says:

This is so touching. I’m glad to know you guys are okay. A great kid says a lot about the parents, too! :)

This post made my heart melt! Good men are raised by good mom’s! Hats off.:)

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