boys to men
Gender Stuff, Part 1
I’ve been thinking a lot about the dynamic between the sexes lately.
Maybe it’s spring and the warming of the earth, the tendency to mating rituals. Maybe it’s having a teenager at home and the accompanying hormone levels. Maybe it’s the stuck place I find myself in my writing.
So, a short series of posts on gender things.
Rebecca at Girl’s Gone Child has also been thinking about this dynamic. She wrote a passionate essay, Let’s Hear It for the Boys. (I couldn’t link directly to the post. Scroll down to the post, Monday 2 March. And warning for some of you: Rebecca can be quite bold and irreverent.)
I’ve been thinking about boys. About how boys grow into men. And about what an amazing job it is to raise good men. In a society that both reveres and reviles boys and their testosterone.
The mothers I know who have teenage boys are my heroes – not saints – heroes.
All mothers know that they are human, occasionally auditioning for the Bad-Mother-of-the-Year Award. This is something we fear, cry about sometimes, recover from, often laugh about later.
But it’s still a serious thing. Mothers – and fathers – of boys: my hat is off to you.
listening to: The Academy Is…, His Girl Friday