Wit & Wisdom
Take 52 Week #31: Wise
Since this challenge began, I have told my 13 year-old son, “One week, I want to use a photo of you”. He typically rolls his eyes, makes a noise that tells me I’m ridiculous and we carry on. When I used photos of his Dad and his sister earlier this year, I hoped he would pull the family competitive law and demand equality. No such luck.
Since I started getting interested in taking pictures when he was 5, Cole has slowly gotten more and more opposed to me taking his photograph. “You’re paparazzi” he tells me. The truth of the matter is, most days I don’t even bring out my camera. But somewhere along the line he got the idea I shouldn’t have one in his vicinity. I have tried to explain that his ever-lowering voice is proof enough that childhoods go fast and I want to have record of the fact that he lived in my house, but often we’re at an impasse.
This week, he and I had some down-time in the city. We were near a favourite café, so I took him for an italian soda. I had my camera with me and he reluctantly agreed to let me mark the moment with a photo (the italian soda may or may not have been considered a bribe). I had about .034 seconds before the eye-rolling began in earnest so, frankly, I’m lucky to have this. And he also reluctantly agreed to let me use the picture on the blog this week. When he heard the theme, he was amused and flattered.
Good moms know their kids weaknesses. And how to
exploit them use them to their advantage.
Cole is so funny. Life with him is never boring because he inherited the razor-sharp humour gene. He asks deep questions about faith and life, he loves documentaries and I believe it is neurologically impossible for him to take more than 2 hours to get through a huge book. But it is his sharp wit that often reveals how smart he is. I recently dubbed him “The 13-year-old Yoda” after he told me “Mom, there is a time and a place for everything. Except a knee in the groin”. Can’t deny the truthfulness of that statement. Even the incomparable Brent Butt from Corner Gas called one of his jokes “genius” after I tweeted one:
So I’m not just biased. I also promised him I would mention this, since it is his proudest achievement to date.
Tonight during his frequently-timed intervals of snacking he mused: ”Cheese makes everything better“. His little nuggets of wisdom always make me think and make me laugh. Love this kid.
To see all of my photos in this year-long challenge, click here.