The Paradox

Sometimes having high-tech kiddos just isn’t what you would expect.  Uber proved this to me in a big way with a conversation we shared last week.  Since his birthday is edging closer, I thought it would be fun to ask him what his idea of “the ideal birthday” might be. 

As someone who gave birth to him, nursed him for an entire year, taught him to use the potty, and basically have spent 24/7 with him for the last 14 3/4 years, I was pretty sure I had a good clue as to what he might answer.  I knew it was going to have something to do either with technology, large cities, or a girl.

Thank goodness I hadn’t bet the house on that one!

His idea of the ideal 15th birthday was going somewhere far into the countryside and hanging out and maybe picnicking and taking some pictures. 

I tend to totally forget that these two young men, who – – on many  days – – seem one step from integrating with the matrix, have a whole lot of facets to their personalities.

Uber, for instance, has gotten really into nature photography lately.  It is his current passion, and he has quite a knack for it, I have to say.  And H-T is our resident fisherman, who would actually forego an entire morning of sleep and his computer for a chance to head out at 5 in the morning to catch some trout with his uncle. 

The same boys who can provide tech support for their friends and know every animated web series by name, date, and serial number can also take you for a guided tour of most of our local hiking trails and can find their way around a kitchen. 

They don’t fit neatly into any stereotype I’ve ever come across. 

Aren’t paradoxes the best??!!



4 Responses

  1. That’s great. Many of the uber tech people I know also love nature. I think it’s a balance thing. Or maybe it’s that similar patterns and challenges can be found in both. This is riddle with spelling problems. I’m over tired.

  2. I think it’s just a testament to your excellent parenting that they are diverse in their interests. OK, it’s also a testament to their excellent ability to be diverse as well.
    You know, I’m with Holly on this one…what is it about Thursday afternoons that makes your brain feel sludgy?


    The point I was trying to make was “Yay Team Techies!” Did it come across?

  3. Really enjoyed this post. You’re doing a great job with the boys. 🙂

  4. Holly – I’m all about balance!!

    Sarah – Yes. Yes it did. Thanks for the vote of confidence!

    Karen – Or maybe they are doing a good job with me! 😉

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