Its the punchline to one of my favorite jokes.
I'll get to that later.
Well, it has been over a year since I last wrote...and in the last few months it seems to have been missed.
"When are you going to blog again?"
I have been asked in the grocery store. At weddings. At funerals. At work. Crazy, huh?
And though my usual response was, "soon," really, in my head I was really thinking..."I have no idea."
Its not that funny,crazy, bloggable events haven't occurred here in the past year, but I have just been so busy! Busy with work, with schedules, Words With Friends, oh... and those darned kids!!
No Eye Deer.
I heard this joke again.
It suddenly came to me...
Things I had no idea about...
I guess the biggest change has come with the growth of my children.
Nick turned 14 last month.
Nick has grown taller and more handsome with every minute. I mean, have you seen the kid? He is playing hockey for the Portland Junior Pirates. He is an honor student in the eighth grade. He has a...hmpf...girlfriend.
In the months leading up to Christmas, Nick started asking about wearing contact lenses. "It really makes sense, Mom, all my friends have them."
Oh, great. The "ALL MY FRIENDS" reasoning...I am very familiar with this tactic. It wasn't too long ago that I used it...
(Remember SUN-IN? Yeah, ALL MY FRIENDS WERE DOING IT)...
But I did some checking, and, sure enough...many of his friends DO have contact lenses.
Ugh. REALLY? I for one cannot touch, talk about, look into, or even read news articles about...EYEBALLS.
I cannot "pull down your eyelid" to see if there is an eyelash. Mine or Yours.
I will suffer with any foreign object in my eye before I let anyone near it. I will let it stay in there forever. I will. I can look at brains, guts and broken bones.
But I don't handle eyeball related issues.
PLUS, this is a child, I mean, young man, who I still have to remind to brush his teeth! (Sorry Nick. I know you read this, but it is true).
I can't be responsible for lost lenses, reaching into his head to retrieve one..or...two...I mean, I've heard horror stories.
I can't help him put them in or take them out.
Sissy? ABSOLUTLEY. But just like I will never go camping, drink an "Irish Car Bomb," or dye my hair red again, I know what I will do, and what I WILL NEVER DO.
But alas, Between Nick and EVERY man in his life, I was swayed to make him an appointment. Of course I would be the one taking him...
I could not stress to him enough that he had to be 100 Percent responsible for the maintenence of contact lenses, and he accepted the challenge.
We went to the eye doctor, and before I knew it, the assistant was beckoning me to have me watch him "practice."
He was sitting at a mirror with the lenses. The lady was telling him to "pull down your lids like this..."
I felt my knees start to buckle.
The room started to spin.
I had to sit down.
Nick started laughing.
The lady looked worried.
I figured, since Nick was so much like me in other ways, he would surely pass out when he had to touch his own eyeball..
He got them in like a champ.
"Now practice taking them out."
AHA! Here we go. This will turn the tide...
AAAAAND, they were out.
He was so proud.
I had no idea he would be able to do it.
And so we had contacts.
He looked different without his glasses. He looked so...grown.up.
The height, The deep voice. The texting with his "girlfriend." I had no idea what being a mom to a teenage boy would feel like.
I mean, wasn't it just last week he was in OshKosh coveralls and mini workboots?
Wasn't it just yesterday that he was in the tub and asked me what his, ahem, private parts were and I told him..."marbles?"
So he came downstairs the day after he got the contacts, and stood at the bottom of the stairs.
A head taller than me now.
I looked at him and noticed he had something on his face around his mouth.
HEE!HEE! "See?" I thought. "He IS still my baby!"
"Nick, go wash your face. You have something on your mouth."
"No I don't." He argued in his man voice.
'Yes, you DO!"
"NO I DON..."
He came back down and said, "Mom. I don't have anything on my face."
"For Crying Out Loud!" I walked over and licked my thumb...like my grandparents used to do...to wipe off what I thought was wipable...
Upon closer observation, I got right up under his nose...
It wasn't dirt. Or chocolate.
I staggered backwards and almost fell over the dog.
"Mom, it's been there for a while." He said calmly. And HE PATTED ME ON THE HEAD.
Are you kidding me?
When did THIS happen?
I am so not ready!!
But he sure is. And what an amazing kid he has become. He has made me so proud. I had no idea how proud I could be.
We are all doing well. My children still make me laugh every day. I still witness crazy things in my work travels, and with some new ventures as well. I will let you know...
So many things have happened...and now that I am back to writing, I will keep you all posted..
But for now, I just want to say, Thanks. I had no idea how many of you really enjoyed reading this.
I had no idea how much I missed it...
What do you call a deer with no eyes?
No Eye Deer.
What do you call a deer with no eyes and no legs?
Still No Eye Deer.
Tyler would call that "UnAppropiate."
I call it funny.
Thanks For Reading.