Sam is going to be a gentle orientation into this stage. He isn’t rude or surly yet, and isn’t interested in socializing much. He’d love to have a cell phone, not because he wants to text anyone, but so he’d have google and wikipedia at the ready for all of his important questions. It has never occurred to him to want a facebook page, and he recently opened an email account because it was required for a class. Now that he’s in 7th grade, I see him being more and more responsible, and I think we almost have him convinced that teenagers shower every day.
As for me, the astounding thing about my current stage is the length and depth of my day. It starts at 6 AM, with big kids out the door at seven, and sometimes doesn’t end until close to midnight with after school activities and more-demanding middle school homework. I miss the days when all of my kids were in bed by 8:00. As for the depth, maybe a better term would be volume. The laundry, the grocery shopping, the dishes — it’s just all so much now. I ran into someone at the store the other day (someone with two kids), and she was very impressed by my week’s worth of groceries, mounded high in my cart. I know I have a lot of kids, but it’s also the size of the kids that’s making a difference — Sam’s jeans are almost as big as mine, so the washer fills up a lot faster now.
We are in the thick of it. And I realized not long ago that this will be a short phase — in six or seven years, Sam will likely (hopefully!) move out of our house, beginning the slow exodous of our children into adulthood. Until then, we’re going to enjoy his cuteness and cleverness. And possibly teach him how to do laundry.