One of our good friends, Lance, told me this story about Lilly after teaching her church class one day. Apparently, Lilly was not at all in a good mood. She wasn't her usual bubbly self. No smiles, just glares. At some point Lance asked her what was wrong. Her answer?
"It's puberty, OKAY!" This was spoken with every ounce of teen angst she could muster.
Lilly is an amazing kid. She is full of zeal, excitement for life and sometimes has been known to really make people crazy. She does not pick up subtle nuances...she cannot sense when someone is 'done' playing. She never tires of playing, witty banter or wrestling. Sometimes it takes a very firm no for her to understand. I am usually standing on the sideline hoping this will be the time she begins to understand a nuance and that her feelings are not too injured. Luckily, she bounces back very quickly and forgives along with forgetting.
Okay...blog time out here. The nuance thing reminds me of my friend Jon. Once, when we were in high school, our drama teacher invited us to her home to work on a drama assignment. There were 3 or 4 girls and Jon. We arrived a bit on the early side. She and her family were finishing up supper-KFC. She politely offered us some. There was clearly not enough for
Meanwhile, back to the blog post...I am pretty sure that now, many months after Lance sharing that story with me, we must be on the cusp of puberty. Lilly often loses her cool with the same intensity that she enjoys life. It takes time alone in her room to get it back and THEN, she feels very bad. Puberty is tough all around...but exuberant puberty is going to require some extra knee time for me. I need to hone my proactive skills and squash back my reactive skills. Something tells me this round of puberty is going to be me 'paying for my raising' as the saying goes. I just hope I saved up enough!