Mommas and Baby Cowboys

Waylon  Jennings warned us Mommas, “Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys”. Well, my baby boy is nearly 18 years old, a senior in high school and thinks he is all grown up. We spent a few weekends this past summer visiting colleges and getting needed doctor appointments taken care of. I feel a new sense of urgency in my parenting. I use every chance I get to sneak life lessons in. I have found myself reminding him to consolidate errands to conserve gas. When he ripped his treasured hammock, he thought he would just run out and replace it. I reminded him that since he had left his job several months ago, his disposable income was pretty much zero. I told him that he had to learn to live on a budget. I happened to ask him how the wart on his finger that he hadn’t wanted to follow up treatment on…I just about fell off the couch when I saw that it now looked like a baby cauliflower. In my mind, “ how is he ever going to be able to live without me harping on him?”

For the upcoming months, I’ll share with you a few of my growing pains as I get ready to shove my boy out of the nest and into college life. It is my hope that he will be able to do his own laundry, remember to eat a few fruits and vegetables , recognize when he is getting sick, and yes to call his momma. It is my hope that he doesn’t grow up to be a cowboy, but that he does GROW UP!

About Debbie

I have been married for 20 years to a Yankee, have two great kids, a fun and funny Southern family, and a whole bunch of friends. I try to enjoy the journey!
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6 Responses to Mommas and Baby Cowboys

  1. KtheGreat says:

    Your son, my nephew will do great. This weekend, I enjoyed spending time with him, watching him, and listening to him. He truly has a heart of gold and such a sweet spirit. He is so excited to spread his wings; make his mark on life. Deb, you still have his Jon-Jons don’t cha? We might need them in the very near future. That precious, sweet, blonde cutie that did no wrong in my eyes, will be a grown man before we know it. I’m praying for his wife! That pedestal we put him on is pretty high, I hope she can reach him!

  2. Katybeth says:

    I will follow along with my 16 year old/11th grader. We will slowly start the college process this year. The other day I overheard Cole make his dentist appointment –he hemmed and hawed for a minute and then said “Can I just bring my teeth in for a maintenance check up.” I’m hopeful that even if their way isn’t our way, they do find a way!

  3. Debbie says:

    It will be fascinating to travel this road with you, Deb, now that my own son is just approaching the end of his college education and about to embark on the adventure called Life! In many ways, these two paths are awfully similar. We can learn a lot from each other!