Snapshot of My Son At 12: Slice of Life #sol15 5/19/15

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There is pop music. There are sports. There are sports jerseys, sports shoes, sports gloves, and, most of all, sports numbers. Will he be 23 like Michael Jordan or 0 like Russell Westbrook? He used to want to be 28 like Adrian Peterson but that was before AP beat his son with a switch. There are shooting sleeves and football towels and a different pair of cleats for every sport. There is the eternal question–Nike or Under Armour. Probably there are girls, but he doesn’t mention them to me. There are some things you don’t talk to your mom about, he says. He lives for open gym, three-on-three tournaments, summer rec, flag footballl. He is in awe of his own body, and if I had his muscles, I’d spend a lot of time flexing and admiring myself too. There are cars–Mustangs and Escalades and Lamborghinis and Bugattis and old Ford trucks and any classic car painted turquoise and the new boxy Kia, especially if it’s the lime-green one. There are rims. There are crotch rockets. There are dirt bikes and Harleys. There is the particular revving of an engine that he likes. “Boy noise,” he calls it, knowing I don’t get it in a big way. There are video games and TV commercials. There is much debate with other boys over who is the strongest, who is the fastest. There is a deep mistrust of showers and toothbrushes. There is the other eternal question–NFL or NBA. The struggle is real for him. “I just don’t know which one to choose!”





22 responses to “Snapshot of My Son At 12: Slice of Life #sol15 5/19/15”

  1. Jackie Avatar

    I love the repeating “there are” as a way to structure this list of specific details–might use it as a model for a post I’m thinking about writing this week, as my daughters turn 13 (!!) on Friday. Lovely writing!

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      Borrow away! I was surprised at how quickly this piece of writing came together. I really like having some kind of structure to generate from.

      1. Jackie Avatar

        YES–the connection between structure and inspiration is one of the big lessons I took away from the daily slicing in March–so many people used it so effectively, and I’ve loved my experiments with it as well.

  2. Lisa Keeler Avatar

    I love this narrative snapshot and can just picture your son and you loving and appreciating him at this age and stage.

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      I’m glad the love and appreciation came through!

  3. Ramona Avatar

    What a fun post! I hurried here, thinking I would see a fun pic, but I love this even better. And now, there are a couple of phrases I have to figure out. I miss my sixth graders who kept me up-to-date with their culture.

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      I almost illustrated the post with a photo–and enjoyed looking through my phone to find some seriously goofy selfies he took–but then decided to let the words stand alone. I should have included his favorite slang praise words too–beast and sick!

  4. Tara Smith Avatar

    Yup – that’s it. beautifully summed up!

  5. Carol Wilcox Avatar

    Perfect! You could have been describing my boys. Today, without the sports, they are lost.

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      I think of you often, Carol. My son does talk about becoming an engineer or an elementary school teacher “after I’m professional”–and we try to encourage that. I’m not sure how he would manage to live without sports.

  6. Linda Baie Avatar

    Some of my student boys are right there; some are in other places, but all connect in some ways to your son, Elisabeth. Love your detail!

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      It’s hilarious to me when I can overhear him and his friends talking, Linda. They’re all equally obsessed with cleats and sports numbers! Whenever my son is hunched over my iPad looking like he’s doing something illicit, he is always just looking at images of shoes.

  7. Michelle @litlearningzone Avatar

    Love how you captured your son today!

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      Thanks, Michelle. I had a lot of fun writing this slice!

  8. Dana Murphy Avatar

    A perfect glimpse of your son right now. Love this.

  9. jarhartz Avatar

    Pure and simple boy stuff. Love that you know this and celebrate it as him at 12.

    Wouldn’t it be interesting to put the girl stuff beside this list.

  10. Stacey Shubitz Avatar

    You provided us with such specific details about boy stuff… from the different cleats for every sport to the revving of the engine. What a wonderful way to preserve who your son is RIGHT NOW.

  11. […] Structure inspired by Elisabeth’s lovely snapshot slice. […]

  12. Kellee Moye (@kelleemoye) Avatar

    Love the structure of this post (would be a superb mentor text for a similar writing style in class), and I love how much you love your son and how I am lucky enough to get to know him through your posts.

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