Recently I was having a (*sarcasm alert!*) calm, rational discussion with one of my teenagers about his/her frustrations at some 'outrage' or other that Jen had perpetrated on her/his life, when the teen in question said, in an exasperated tone,
"You have no idea what it's like to live with her!"
Well, dang. . . And here I thought that, in 31+ years of marriage, I had gotten to know her, just a little. . .
A friend of mine likes to say, "Grandchildren are your reward for not killing your teenagers." I used to think that was funnier than I do now. . .
I never cease to be flabbergasted by the capacity of teens (some of them, anyway; perhaps mine, disproportionately) to recapitulate their behavior as newborns. In some ways, they act like giant balls of 'I Want', whose conceptual universe ends at their own skin. . .
Lord, have mercy. . .