The thing is you can be on vacation with your 15 and 17 year old sons in Reno, Nevada visiting your sister.
And maybe you decide to go to Donner Lake for a little R & R.
So you get set up on the beach – towels, sunblock, food, 48 oz can of PBR. . .
And everyone rushes into the water to play while you sun yourself on the beach.
And lo and behold, an hour passes and everyone is still out in the water.
So you look, and your sister is waving her hands frantically.
BECAUSE YOUR 17 YEAR OLD SON IS SNORKELING OUT IN THE MIDDLE OF THE SPEEDBOATS.
And the current is too strong for her to reach him.
INSTANT ANXIETY ATTACK!
But there’s no time to freak out.
So you get yourself up and swim out to your sister, who is floating in an inflatable inner tube with another empty inner tube attached to it.
EVEN THOUGH YOU HAD NO INTENTION OF GETTING WET!
And you slip into the empty inner tube and DRAG your sister, who is tired from swimming for the last hour, out INTO THE MIDDLE OF THE SPEED BOATS WHERE YOUR SON IS OBLIVIOUSLY LOOKING FOR GO PRO CAMERAS ON THE BOTTOM OF THE LAKE WITH A SNORKEL AND MASK.
Maybe you asked him to come in with you.
Maybe you begged.
Maybe you even BRIBED HIM BY OFFERING TO BUY HIM HIS OWN GO PRO.
Then you started yelling.
After all, you’re floating IN THE MIDDLE OF SPEEDBOATS trying to convince your son what he’s doing is dangerous – head down in the water, no flotation device, a tiny body in a sea of water and waves. Practically invisible to drunk, vacationing boaters.
And that’s when he says it.
“When I’m 18 I can do whatever I want and there’s nothing you can do about it.”
And that’s when you realize that he’s still very young for his age. Physically 17, mentally 6.
This just goes to show. . . you NEVER stop parenting your kids, no matter how old they get.