|Jake - One Fine Saturday Evening in April|
|Jake - Candid Shot|
The man-child (16 soon to be 17) now has a girlfriend and is getting out of his cave (aka computer game world). My quiet, mellow, observe from the corner of the room type of guy, is starting to expand his wings. His social life is pretty minimal. He's not the kind of kid who escapes every chance he gets. Nope. He would rather stay home after working all week at the ranch. Even during the school year, he does chores before and after school, and puts in a full day on Fridays and Sundays. So, his time at my house, is usually his 'down time' and his private time.
Every now and then he gets out with his guy friends to do off the wall stuff, like paint-ball wars, or air gun fights, or some other crap that seems to end in someone (him) getting hurt (dead front tooth on top, broken front tooth on bottom - permanent teeth things that drive me crazy).
His girlfriend is a cute, sweet, rough and tumble kick-ass basketball player ranch girl, and the apple of her daddy's eye. Whom, one fine date-night for Jake and his cutie, appeared at my front door, with his daughter, and put the fear of Dad into Jake.
'So. What's the Plan?'. He asked Jake, while his baby girl was waiting in the car (do doubt for the 'all clear' signal).
'Um, Watching Movies'. Jake replied (since I was in my room I could not see if he was trembling, fidgeting, or brave enough to look him in the eye. Darn it).
'What movie?'. Big 6 foot 4 or so Dad bellowed.
Jake replied with the G-rated movie they were going to watch.
'Fine. I'll be back at xxx'.
Needless to say, I joined the movie watchers. The Fear of Dad was instilled in me as well.
Phew. Jake is a 'good' boy. As in, he has a loving heart, a gentle spirit, and doesn't run with the wolves, if you get my drift. He is respectful. He makes my mommy heart proud.
This last Friday was supposed to be their Sadie Hawkins dance and it got cancelled (not enough chaperones). I was bummed about it. Jake wasn't. His GF had gone to great pains to 'setup' his invite - a bucket of KFC on the dinner table with a cute saying about her 'winging it' and never doing this type of thing before, and would be be her date. It was adorable. The nearest KFC is 33 miles away so it took some effort.
They will have another chance. Prom is 3 weeks.
And yes, I am looking forward to it!