Monday, 16 June 2008

Happy Birthday, Gemini Boys

Today is my son's 12th birthday. Today is my brother's 52nd birthday.

Happy birthday, guys. The world's a better place with you in it, even if son is behaving exactly as brother did when he was 12. Son better watch out; brother ended up getting sent to military school. Not that I'd do that to my precious boy. And he'd probably like it, seeing as he is hell-bent on a career in the navy (no, God, no!).

He came up with this idea a couple of years ago when he was listening to my dad talk about his days as a bombadier in the U.S. Navy during WWII. Son was fascinated and decided that's what he wants to do. No, son, no. Not while there's an Iraq and Afghanistan. I feel for all the parents who have lost sons and daughters to this war or whose sons and daughters have come home changed forever physically and/or emotionally.

I don't want my boy to be a hero. I just want him to grow up safely and soundly, to know when and how to do the right thing in life, to be productive and loving and supportive of those around him.

Right now, he's starting to go through that annoying boy phase, which will pass shortly, I hope. Before my husband packs him off to military school.

Son has come up with an alternative career choice in the meantime: drug dealer. I think I convinced him that it really wouldn't make him that much money.


J said...

A very happy birthday to your son and brother.

Perhaps best not to let son watch "Weeds"....:-D

Trixie said...

Oh dear, a drug dealer at 12? lol! What sort of drug does he want to deal?

Anonymous said...

Crikey, can't you persuade him to become a hairdresser or something safe!!!

Happy Birthday to both boys, big and small.

CJ xx

jenny said...

Happy Birthday to the boys!

Drug dealer, eh? Reminds me of the time I inadvertently became one myself! long story... but I was smoking pot in college and a friend asked me to get some for her, so I bought some and eventually became the middle man because I was buying so much that I was getting mine for free in return for the business. Then I got smarter and started charging $5 extra for spare change to keep. It all came to a crashing halt when boyfriend accused me of being a drug dealer and I "woke up"! Quickly nipped that before I dove in deeper. Amazing how things can snowball without you realizing it.

Queen Vixen said...

What a resourcefull young man lol

Happy birthday to the men in your life!

wakeupandsmellthecoffee said...

j: No, but I love Weeds.

trixie: He went through about 10 different names for pot, thinking they were all different. I said that's small change, that the big money is in cocaine, but he'd have to be the big guy in Columbia to make much moula. He thought better of it.

CJ: Kids say the darnedest things, don't they? Hairdresser, ha-ha. With the amount of hair gel he uses, he'd never make much money doing that either.

jenny: You do have the funniest stories. You should write a book.

QV: If only he'd use that resourcefulness in a useful way...

Bollinger Byrd said...

He could of course combine the two!!! No stop don't thump me it was a joke!

Anonymous said...

One of my daughters wants to work in 'New look' for the discount and the noise the till makes!

Expatmum said...

My 12 year old has decided he either wants to be a mechanic (addicted to Top Gear) or join the forces (addicted to World War 2 stuff on the History Channel), or a rock star - courtesy of new guitar and lessons. I'm pushing for the rock star!