Technically, he’s still 13, but we celebrated his birthday today. It’s been a joy watching him grow up, I’ve known him since he was six. My youngest stepson I knew before he listened, had glasses, type one diabetes, and celiac disease. His biggest problem when I met him was getting him to sit down while he ate. And also for, wanting all the attention, all the time. He didn’t care if it was negative or positive. Until slowly he started to listen..
Now, he’s a grateful guy who continues to give me hugs after every single meal I make or for bringing him anything he needs. He’s always there with a hug and a genuine thank you. He’s also been my litter picker upper partner for a long while. We’ve been picking up litter before Covid, but I looked at it differently since. All I saw was germs. Until this week, I’ve had enough. I want to do my part and I can do it smartly. (See post before this 😉 )
Personally, it’s getting harder for me watching all my kids grow up. It’s also been a huge blessing, I’ve been able to be truly present with them. Fourteen to me is a true teenager, he’ll be starting high school next year. Hard to spit out: same with my daughter. For me, I’m going to cherish these last couple of years.
We had a great Birthday dinner. I barbecued chicken and burgers; steamed broccoli; and I made my signature cheesy potatoes. We bought a DQ sheet cake. We made it gluten free by doing Reese’s blizzard and Reese’s crushed inside instead of the normal cookie crumble. It’s a delicious substitute! Our Dairy Queen in town is one of the best.
He got a nice gaming keyboard, mouse, and headset and some Xbox cards from his oldest brother. He’s been a gamer since he was four I think my husband said, maybe five? If you ever want an earful about video games ask him what he’s currently trying to defeat. This year I’ve been playing Fortnite with my kids, I’m getting better. They mostly make fun of me for being newb.
I’m writing this reflecting on our laugher and also I’m awake waiting thirty more minutes so I can check his blood sugar before I head to bed. I wrote my MG FRIENDS FROM URANUS with him as the main character. I had so much fun writing it for him. I’m changing the beginning with a goal of querying by the 30th and moving onto a new project in February.
The main thing he said about his book, was to make sure his Omnipod was showing in each of my illustrations. Omnipod is his disposable insulin pump that is always on him. We talked over and over again how much of a role his diabetes should play in the book. After he read it he said, “I can’t believe how much you got into my head!” I laughed and reminded him that I’m always listening. I have my illustrations in my artwork tab if you’re curious, but know I need to redo them I’m when I change my first chapter.
Time to check his blood sugar.