You know how all moms will tell other women that they just can’t imagine what it’s like to raise a child until you become a mom yourself?
Well, I can tell you exactly what it’s like to have a thirteen-year-old boy, even if you never have a child. It’s like being on the most awkward first date ever!! You sit there, the date has nothing to say and you are totally unsure if he likes you. You ask him a question and get one word answers, and if your date is snooty, some eyerolls mixed in. You are worried the whole time that you will say something embarrassing or that your date doesn’t think you are pretty enough or cool enough for them. The song Thriftshop comes on, so you run with it and say, “I love this song, don’t you?” “Not really,” he indulges, “This song is so old already.” There are so many long uncomfortable silences that you both look at your phone so much it’s as if you are ER doctors on call. You think you hear your date say something, so you get all excited, but he only responds, “What? I didn’t say anything.” When the date is finally over, you can’t wait for dropoff so you can start talking to yourself.
That is having a teenage boy. Excited? He won’t call you the next day. He won’t even tell you what he wants for breakfast in the morning.
There is hope. Some horrible first dates turn into great stories where they end up going out again and discovering great things about each other and find they have a lot in common.
I know this will happen for my son and me, but I’m thinking a lot of movie dates are in our future.
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