How My Son Surprised Me

My son is home for spring break. He arrived with a duffel bag full of dirty laundry, a big smile, and a bear hug for me.

Hanging out with him, I sometimes feel like we don’t have much to talk about. We cover most topics pretty well – school, his friends, local news (um, gossip), his plans for the future…stuff. To really engage him, though, it’s necessary to bring up something he’s passionate about, which would include football, the Packers, , Angels baseball, USC Football, Duck Dynasty, the Food Network, and, oh yeah, football.

Green bay packers, football, wisconsin, nfl, husbands, family, midlife, empty nest


Unfortunately, I know little to nothing about these topics.

Often when we’re eating dinner, my son and my husband will have animated discussions about the above subjects. That’s good for them. Sometimes I get annoyed, but I just get up and do the dishes.

The other night we went out to dinner, and I drove my son home from the restaurant. It was just the two of us in the car. He took out his iphone and started doing his iphone thing – and that was ok. We were listening to the radio and I mentioned to him that I had surprised my hairdresser Gordon that day by knowing who he meant when he referred to Rhi-Rhi.*

“Mom,” he said, “most women your age wouldn’t know who that is. You’re cool about music.”

We like the same music, my son and I. Lots of folk rock, and he’s even a Sinatra fan.

Just then, Adele came on the radio. Much to my surprise, he started to sing along, in tune. I don’t think he even realized he was doing it, it was so natural and un-self-conscious.

“Never mind I’ll find, someone like you…”



I asked if he would mind if I blogged about his singing, about my big, burly football player crooning a sweet love song.

He reached over and stroked my hair, his big hand gentle on my head.

“It’s fine, Mom. None of my friends read your blog so I don’t mind.”

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20 Responses to How My Son Surprised Me
  1. Gandalfe
    March 14, 2013 | 8:48 am

    Ooh, nice read. Goosebump city. Thanks for that…
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  2. Carpool Goddess
    March 14, 2013 | 9:22 am

    Swoon material!!! Mine would sooner have an appendectomy than let me write about him.
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  3. Sherri
    March 14, 2013 | 9:28 am

    My son isn’t due home for spring break until next weekend…and this made me long to sit with him, even during those LONG silences. Thank you for reminding me that he’s still my boy inside. And surprises are always around the corner.

  4. Beverly Diehl
    March 14, 2013 | 9:51 am

    Burn! Oh, those offspring of ours. Mine doesn’t read my blog, either, nor his friends (prolly a good thing).

    Good to know your son knows how to pick THE best team (the only one owned by the actual fans, rather than some millionaire owner).

    And wonderful that he’s not too afraid to sing along with Adele. My 6’4″ son will still sit in my lap (or try to).

    • Sharon Greenthal
      March 14, 2013 | 11:12 am

      My husband’s family owns one share of the Packers…they pass it on to each other every six months for safe keeping!

  5. Grown and Flown
    March 14, 2013 | 11:01 am

    Love love love that last line. Still laughing. My boys don’t read my blog so you are way ahead of me there!!
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  6. Risa
    March 14, 2013 | 11:24 am

    Ha! Very sweet. It always surprises me when one of my kids says something about my blog. They’re stealth readers…but they do read it! When I took
    a music criticism class a couple of years ago and was bemoaning my lack of knowledge about current music, my daughter said, “Listen to Adele,Mom. You’ll like her!”
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  7. Ginger Kay
    March 14, 2013 | 12:08 pm

    That was perfect, Sharon. The sweetness and sincerity of his response truly made me laugh.
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  8. judy williamson
    March 14, 2013 | 1:45 pm

    you are both lucky
    to have and love each

  9. Lisha
    March 14, 2013 | 1:53 pm

    Awesome. My college boy learned that the way to keep me from writing about him was to read it from time to time. So I gained a follower but lost tons of good material. Perhaps I need a pseudonym for those posts!

  10. Sue
    March 14, 2013 | 2:31 pm

    I laughed so hard at the end when he said his friends don’t read your blog. Your a cool mom and he is such a neat son! It’s such a great idea to keep up with music to relate to our kids too.
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    • Sharon Greenthal
      March 14, 2013 | 4:09 pm

      I know, it was pretty funny – of course why WOULD they read my blog?

  11. Cathy
    March 14, 2013 | 3:05 pm

    I would give my right arm for a son moment like you had. I, like you, have those pregnant pauses when few words are uttered between me and my 20 year old son. When he says or does something golden, I cherish it forever. Thanks the this wonderful post. I know EXACTLY what you mean. PS Our sons are the best!
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    • Sharon Greenthal
      March 14, 2013 | 4:08 pm

      They certainly are the best…I feel lucky to have a son like him!

  12. Phoebe
    March 14, 2013 | 5:15 pm

    Definitely can relate with the communication style (& shared musical moments)! I can just hear the same wisecrack coming from my son…do love the bear hugs!

  13. Raquel @ Organized Island
    March 15, 2013 | 5:51 pm

    Oh that made me want to cry! Such a sweet moment. My son comes home in a couple of weeks…looking forward to seeing him. Glad you are enjoying your time together!
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  14. Haralee
    March 15, 2013 | 5:58 pm

    Wonderful that your son thinks you are cool as we all know!

  15. Kate
    March 21, 2013 | 12:25 pm

    Made me lol! I have 3 sons, and no, none of them read my blog. And I’m not thinking they much care if I write about them. 2 of them live far away; I miss them more than words can say. Unfortunately for the 3rd one who lives by, he has that added pressure of trying to be himself and take their place. Poor kid! But hey, got to love our boys!
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