Saturday, March 8, 2014
You Know You Are the Bonus Baby of the Family and Have Oldish Parents When . . . .
. . . you're the designated reader when their glasses aren't handy.
. . . they're sacked out and snoring when you come home punctually before your curfew.
. . . your nieces and nephews' ages are closer to yours than your actual brother and sister's ages are.
. . . you're constantly having to "put words in your mom & dad's mouths" so they will finish their sentence before you nod off.
. . . you have to wake up your dad to have scripture study and family prayer each night at your bedtime.
. . . you develop a love/hate relationships with 70s & 80s music, especially Fleetwood Mac and Michael Jackson.
. . . you also develop a rare teenage ability to talk to adults confidently and challenge some of their conversation points in a respectful manner.
. . . you dine on take-out food instead of the "gourmet" mac and cheese your brother and sister endured.
. . . you attach yourself to your friends' big families and hang out with them as often as possible so you can be entertained by "annoying" little brothers and sisters who always want your attention (which you're happy to give), and as a result, you are the most in-demand babysitter in the neighborhood.
. . . you find yourself arguing with the dog over who is going to sit closest to mom during the movie.
. . . you have an extra sensitive sense about someone else's aches and pains and know the appropriate words of comfort and solace.
. . . your family dinner conversations consist of a lot of questions about doctor appointments, medications, sore feet, and retirement funds.
. . . you're the I.T. expert in your home.
. . . you hear the phrase "Oh, if only I could have some of your energy!" at least once a day.
. . . you are a blessing of strength, hope, and bubbling, joyful youth in your home where your parents can teach you in a more relaxed, less strict style because they have time to savor the last few years of their hands-on parenting time.
(We love you to eternity Abs!)