RALPHIE ONLY 1 213x300 FATHERHOOD:  I FEEL LIKE CUTTING THE PHONE CHORD.

Ralphie. You will be missed.

A few weeks ago, my 15 year old son came over (he lives with his mom)  to spend some time with us. On our ride from his home( which is in Queens), I tried my best to engage him in some conversation.  It was very frustrating because I couldn’t get him to give me anything more than an occasional yes or no.  This behavior from a teenager is not uncommon.  A good friend of mine once told me that teens between the ages of 12 to about 18 experience a form of insanity.  What this means is  it seems that during this time they exhibit mood swings, irrational thinking and a lack of conversational skills. Once they reach the 18 to 21 range a magical switch is turned on and they become sane, rational human beings.  I can hear you laughing but, I watched my older son and step daughter go through this.

Once we were home it didn’t take long for him to search out the phone and call one of his friends.  I tried my best not to get bent out of shape. We had been riding together for about 40 minutes.  He had nothing to say. I’VE SEEN THIS BEFORE!  So I went on to do the things in the house I needed to do.  Around 10 pm, I couldn’t keep my eyes open, so I went to bed to get my beauty sleep.

Around 5 in the morning I got up to use the bathroom and there was my son, in front of the tv playing his xbox and talking on the phone.  I have 2 cordless phones and don’t you know he had one on the floor and talking on the other one.  What did he do?  Talk until he burned out the batteries on the one phone, then switched over to the other.

I held my composure, went into the bedroom and turned the tv on. The news was on.  The reporter was telling a story about a shooting.  Two young kids about 16 years old had been shot.  One died and the other was in critical condition.

My first thought was why were these young men out at 5 in the morning?  Where were their parents?  Where was their dad?

I went to the room my son was in and got an instant feeling of gratitude that my he was not out there.  I felt this would be good time to pay the phone bill.

I LOVE BEING A DAD.

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