|In the Waiting Room — And so it goes|
|Thursday, January 02, 2014 9:00 PM|
It’s that time of year again, when we make our New Year’s resolutions. I don’t usually make one because I have found that I am not very good at keeping them. This year, I decided that I probably should give it a try again. My resolution is to be more patient.
My son’s resolution is to think before he acts. This all stems from an incident that happened just after Christmas. My son got a remote control helicopter for Christmas and I got a new pair of shoes.
One evening he decided it would be a good idea to go outside and fly his helicopter. I informed him that this wasn’t a good idea because it was dark and he was going to lose it but he persisted. I went back to visiting with my family and I noticed he came back inside briefly but then went back outside again. I didn’t pay much attention until he called my sister to come outside. I still didn’t think too much about it until she hadn’t come back in after 20 minutes or so. When they did come back in, she said the three words that all parents dread — “Don’t be mad.”
OK, now this phrase conjures up all sorts of ideas in my head and none of them are good.
“Did he get the helicopter stuck somewhere? That’s why I told you not to go outside in the dark.”
“Well, he did but he got it back out of the tree,” my sister responded.
“Is it broken?”
“No, it works fine.”
Now I am getting worried because I am still not sure what it is I’m not supposed to be mad about.
“OK, what did you do?”
Finally my son spills the beans on what he did. Apparently, he was able to get his helicopter out of the tree by using one of my new shoes. But now my shoe was stuck in the tree and he couldn’t get it out. My sister said she tried to help him with a ladder and a rake but it was too precarious and he almost fell out, so she made him get down.
Given the choice between my son breaking his neck or losing a shoe, the choice seems relatively simple. However, you can see how my resolution this year is to be more patient. When you have a teenage boy in the house, patience is something that can sometimes be in very short supply. Teenage boys are capable of coming up with the dumbest ideas at the same time they are asking to have more freedom. This is a frightening thought for parents.
This is where his resolution comes in…think before you act. It doesn’t seem like a lot to ask. But to a 14-year-old boy, it must seem like an impossible task. Getting him to try and think before he acts is a resolution well worth trying to keep. For me to have patience when he fails to keep his resolution is something that I will definitely need.
Wish me luck; I’m going to need it.
Dr. Celeste Lopez graduated cum laude from The University of Utah College of Medicine. She completed her Pediatric residency training at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan. She is certified with The American Board of Pediatrics since 1992. In 2003, she moved her practice, Wishing Well Pediatrics, to Delphos and is located at 154 W. Third Street. She is the proud mother of a 14-year-old son.