It’s only a matter of time before Jack asks me to quit writing about him online, so I’d better talk about him now while I can. 😉
Here’s a glimpse of our oldest baby boy, who turned 14 a little over a week ago.
That’s Jack at his birthday pool party, with a good friend, along with Fiona and Alex, and here with some other friends.
And lest he looks like he’s all grown up and not a kid anymore, here’s another shot from his birthday party.
Jack is finishing 8th grade, though we don’t pay much attention to the numbers.
He is much taller than I am — though that’s not hard since I’m just under 5 feet tall! 🙂 He’s nearly as tall as his dad, though, and Daryl is just over 6 feet tall.
He’s a huge help to me around the house. He is probably the biggest help of all of the kids, and I thank him for it often. He helps with laundry, cooking, taking care of Fiona, garbage, yard work, you name it.
He even took care of my artichoke seedlings while I was in Nebraska for nearly two weeks.
He loves gaming (video, board and role play), music, nature, animals and puns. He also still loves doing crafts, particularly if he can invent them himself. He collects and alters bottle caps, and loves all things weapon-related (from swords to nerf guns). He’s rather introverted and very goofy when he feels comfortable enough to show his goofy side. He is also the ultimate peace-maker, an important role for a kid in a family of 5 kids! He would be well suited for any table at the UN with his skills at un-ruffling feathers and calming folks down!
He is still quite left-leaning. This is a kid who happily pounded one of only two signs in our town that supported marriage equality into our front yard as a little boy, and he remains fiercely caring about the rights of women, people of color, immigrants, LGBTQ folks and other oppressed groups.
He is not sure what he wants to do with his life when he crosses that imaginary line into “grown up” but I suspect it might have to do with nature or science. I could also see him as a writer, even though he still balks at any formal writing assignments. He is so creative that I think he would do well as a writer or game designer. I am guessing that he’ll come up with his own path that I’d never have seen coming, though.
He can be moody at times (what 14 year old isn’t?) but in general, he is my “easiest” teenager yet. I have told him and Alex — often! — that they were so exhausting as young boys that they owe me easy teen years, and he seems to be keeping his end of the bargain! 😉
I could not be more proud of him than I am, especially of his soul. He is so caring, so smart, so giving. He is a wonderful brother, son and human being.