Parenting between heaven and hell

Loving a teenager is like…

Smelling a rose and getting a thorn in your eye

Devouring a row of chocolate squares and finding out they were ex-lax

Running into the ocean and salt water shooting straight up your nose

Hearing the one you love the most mutter that they hate you

Loving a teenager is like…

Enduring back labor for 13 hours and crying tears of joy

Gnashing of teeth during driving lessons and puffing with pride when their license arrives

Missing good sleep to act as chauffer and feeling grateful that they called you for a safe ride

Stinging from being positioned as the intrusive enemy and forgetting it all when they say “love ya”

Loving a teenager is a parent’s life in purgatory

Copyright 2017. R. Frank