Sometimes when I blog, I just want to capture something small, ordinary and special. Something I may forget in a few months and will definitely forget in a few years, but which means something at the time.
Right now, that is the phrase ‘Also mum… ‘
My younger son starts conversations with me like that several times a day. I’m not sure why it’s ‘also’ because it may come after many hours of silence. It is almost certainly unrelated to something we’ve previously been talking about.
And that’s why it’s special. It’s unique to him.
I like to think my younger son and I have a strong bond. Most people, including his own siblings, would say that my younger son is the quietest and least friendly of my three kids. They may be right.
He spends a lot of time up the corner of his bedroom on his DS, phone and iPad (all at the same time). He is less likely to speak to people he doesn’t know. Or even people he does know. Sometimes we can sit in silence all the way to and from school. But not often.
Because my younger son does like to talk to me.
And he nearly always starts his conversations with ‘Also mum… ‘.
He talks about things others might not be interested in. Neither his siblings nor his dad are interested in Pokemon, but I like to listen because it’s something he’s interested in. It doesn’t matter than I don’t understand it that well. I just love to hear him talk. Love his enthusiasm.
Often ‘also mum… ‘ is about something that happened at school or something that happened at rugby or football. It could be something good, something bad or something funny. Something someone said or something someone did. A great try or an argument with the ref. A missed tackle or an injury.
Just occasionally he might even tell me about something he’s learned at school. Or the 95% he got in his chemistry test.
My son is happy to go for walks with me, just the two of us. And he chatters all the way. How may teenage boys do you know who are happy to just go for a walk with their mum? No dad, no siblings, no friends. Just a boy and his mum.
He’s 14 years old. I don’t really mind what he talks about. I just like that he keeps doing it. I love to hear his stories of school and even his Pokemon chat. Every time I hear ‘Also mum… ‘ I stop, listen and enjoy it.