Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Dangerous Things

We've created a monster. My 13 year old boy (otherwise known as Oatmeal Head) has been introduced to the TED talks, a series of scientific videos that are fascinating. I got up this morning (very late, having gone to bed at 4 am, darn that Pioneer Woman!), and the first thing he wants to talk about is the TED talks and our military. What the heck?!?

I think he started with this one, not related to the military:


My boy has always wanted to be a scientist and inventor, almost as much as he wants to climb mountains and tall trees. But we aren't really the scientific type. So here's to progress, Oatmeal Head's future and a new year! And TED. And a year of dangerous things. I suppose he'll be learning to drive soon. *sigh*

Until I write again ...

Flea

13 comments:

Karen said...

What great goals he has! May this be the year Oatmeal soars.

Happy New Year to you and the family.

Melissa said...

Wow, I've never heard of TED before. I just told the hubs about it. Looks like he will be spending some time there.

Thanks!

jeni said...

Oatmeal Head? How funny! How did he get that name?

Flea said...

Isn't TED cool? I think I'll be watching them all as well.

Chris dubbed him Oatmeal Head this week. His brain fell out. He's always been our absent minded professor, but turning 13 has exacerbated it. Argh. Just wait - soon and very soon.

The Sports Mama said...
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The Sports Mama said...

Ugh. Do NOT remind me of the nearness of the driving age for my teenage son.

Damn kid is not even 15 yet, and every chance he gets he's asking to drive.

Flea said...

My oldest is 14 and talking about it. I'm certainly not teaching the kids as I didn't learn till I was 24. The jury's still out as to whether I really know how. Good luck, sports mama.

Burgh Baby's Mom said...

I got my license on the day I turned 14. I can't imagine waiting until 24!

I think I might be scared of TED.

Flea said...

In what state do you get a license at 14? For real? We could get one at 15 in Louisiana, but my ADD addled brain wasn't allowed (we didn't know I was ADD then - just absent minded). I didn't really want to drive. I was afraid I'd die, knowing how I just drift, mentally. I still have trouble focusing, though the meds help a lot.

I love the fact that I have two boys, that they want to do dangerous things. It's what boys do. They have something to prove - to themselves, to their fathers, to other men, to the world. Oatmeal Head and his dad are going to the rock climbing gym on Friday. :) Boys have to have a battle to fight. It's great.

Not doing so well with the whole girl thing, tho. They need to know they're lovely, that they are worth fighting for, that they have value and can join in the adventure. Really trying to work on the whole Lovely thing. And making sure she knows she's worth fighting for. Ugh. It's hard being a mom. Can I get an amen?

jeni said...

Hey Flea! I'm just reading your last comment, especially about the rock climbing. Guess what Katie did today? She went rock climbing at the same place where Oatmeal Head :) had his birthday that one time. She was the only girl in her group who made it to the top of every single one!!!! I was impressed. This is the same girl who over the summer went on Der Stuka at Wet'n'Wild! Wowzers! Girl power!

Flea said...

Wow! Go Katie! She ROCKS! Your kids are all so daring. :) Mae wants to do laser tag for her birthday. Won't hurt as much as paint ball.
Tell your crew hi for me!

jeni said...

Daring....or crazy? hahaha!

Flea said...

Daring. Your children are all daring. Not a crazy one in the bunch!