Lately, it seems like Jake is growing by leaps and bounds. Size-wise, of course, he's growing like a weed. He's shockingly reaching milestones on the growth chart for a years older teenager... it has been this way for ever but I thought it would slow down.
He's growing mentally and learning how to manage emotions and disappointments with flexibility. Growth emotionally includes more concern for others' feelings.
Watching Jake reach beyond wildest dreams professionally, at 13, is blowing my mind. Literally... I now just stare at him with my mouth ajar and tears brimming my eyes when he steps up to a microphone and speaks to huge audiences. Sometimes it feels almost "out-of-body".
There are days when I feel like he's growing up at the speed of light and just want to hang on to him and never let go. Other days we still fabricate growth opportunities and push him out of his comfort zone.
So I'll make that sandwich. I'll help with homework. I'll make room on the couch for his adult-sized body next to mine. I'll roll over and watch the stupid videos on his iphone and laugh harder than him. I'll take the hugs and rest my chin on his shoulder in the middle of church, at the store, after the gym. I'll snuggle in for bedtime stories from our favorite history book.
I'll take his hand when he reaches for mine.
Any. Day. Of. The. Week!