“I’M JUST TRYING TO BE A GOOD PERSON"
Fortunately the youngest crank does not try and take advantage of my situation and play the Mom vs. Dad card.
He does know how to needle me.
When I correct his teenage behavior…sleeping late, not picking up, leaving dishes around etc., he invariably responds, “I’m just trying to be a good person.” He says it with an impish country boy grin, so I know he is playing me, but it still always makes me laugh (I don’t know where the boy gets it from.)
The truth is he is just trying to be a good person. Yanked from the only town and friends he has ever known and dragged to the land of the missing “R” where people paak theya caas and root for teams with red socks he is adjusting very well.
He is kind to others, never a bully. He does not do drugs, does well in sports, gets good grades in school, has made many new friends and does what he is asked…eventually…after several requests.
He is a teenager. He faces constant temptations to not be a good person and his brain is not yet completely developed to where he always knows the difference.
His job is to grow, to learn, and to try to be a good person. It is not always easy to watch, but I believe he is going to succeed.