I have this teenage boy. And I just don't get him. At All. Somebody please translate....
BACKGROUND: Son has been "complaining' that he doesn't get to spend enough time with girlfriend. Girlfriend lives about 25 minutes away. Kids don't drive. Kids aren't allowed home alone.
MOM'S RESPONSE: Bend over backwards so that Son can see girlfriend.
TODAY"S EXCHANGE WITH SON:
Son: I don't think Girlfriend is coming over Thursday (oh gee mom did you rearrange your life and worry all day that helping Grandmother might fall in the middle and how would you do both things you promised? A day in my life I say)
Mom: Why not?
Son: She said, "I think we should talk" and I guess we're going to break up over the phone rather than in person.
Mom: Do you want to break up with her?
Son: Yeah for about a month now.
Mom: (as head explodes) (thought only - manages not to say this out loud) Then Why The Heee-ll have I been killing myself to drive you there or get home in time so that she can come over here if you've just been posturing for the perfect breakup moment??!!
Yes, I have considered that this is all a front and that he is really upset by her "we have to talk" thing, but I don't think he is. When not whining about not seeing her, he has mentioned that they really are very different and she's not "fun." Daughter and I agree she isn't very "fun." She's a nice and GOR-GEOUS girl, and I love her parents, but she is the only child who has stepped foot in my house in years whom I have not been able to joke with and tease and basically treat as one of my own.
And Yes I've considered that it's about sex. Much as that pains me.