Yesterday, my husband read this wonderful quotation by Mark Twain (in the newspaper), which I’m sure many of you have heard before..
When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much he had learned in seven years. ~Mark Twain, “Old Times on the Mississippi” Atlantic Monthly, 1874
I find consolation in these words, mostly because Twain is saying that 140 years ago (and probably since the beginning of time), parents have had to deal with the teenage mindset of “I know EVERYTHING and you know NOTHING.”
And I also admire Mark Twain for finding the comedy within the teenager’s absurd point of view.
Because that’s what I want to do…laugh at these silly moments in life, instead of cry.
Happy Father’s Day to all those deserving dads out there who make a difference in their children’s lives and don’t give up on them in the teenage years.
|BoyGenius(BG) and his Dad, 3 summers ago|