Thursday, April 1, 2010

Way To Go, Phinnaeus....!

Phinnaeus is a great kid, currently trying to navigate the stormy waters of being 14. I don't use the word "blessings" lightly, but Phinnaeus has been blessed with many things in his life, including parents who encourage his talents, both musical and academic. And, as with most 14 year-old boys, he is sometimes not able to see his own talents. When he was small, his nickname was "the little professor" because he could expound on any subject. I was a bit concerned that he would grow up to be a teeny bit nerdish, but in a nice way, you know. But he has actually grown up to have an "inner cool" -- you know the kind that all of us recognize, except the person who actually has it. He definitely is his own person. He's growing up too fast, though. It seems like just last week he and I used to walk around the neighborhood singing the songs from Alice in Wonderland -- "They're painting the roses red, they're painting the roses redddddddd..." That was just week, wasn't it?

He did a fabulous job at his concert last night, and he's definitely going to be a cool dude, no matter what he chooses to do in his life. Way to go, Phinnaeus...!

Love, Oma XXX OOO

19 comments:

Whitney Lee said...

There's just no substitute for supportive parents (or grandparents) is there? He's fortunate to have you to remind him of who he is. That is such a difficult age; I wouldn't go back for all the tea in China...

Kathy's Klothesline said...

I love watching my grandchildren becoming the people they will be as adults. It is easier to watch from a little distance.

KrippledWarrior said...

very touching tribute. well stated.

Jo said...

Whitney, no, those can be rough years for kids, trying to find their footing.

Kathy, yes, and they grow up all too fast. Phew!

KrippledWarrior, I think you would like Phinnaeus. He's a hoot!

A.M. said...

He sounds very special, and I love the fact that you're a loving and supportive grandma. There should be more grandma's like you!

A.M. said...

My previous comment didn't post, so I apologize if this comes out twice, but he sounds very special. He is very blessed to have a grandmother like you. In fact there should be more grandmothers like you who are so supportive and loving. :o)

PinkPanthress said...

I think everything is acceptable regarding him as long as he doesn't become a dull jock. ;)

Land of shimp said...

Hey Jo, it's clear that you like your grandson as much as you love him which is a truly wonderful combination. He sounds like a really neat person, with many gifts.

I think you're right, I think fourteen is a difficult age, particularly for boys. They feel very grownup, and as if they should be even more so. I think it's hard to be a kid in today's world, I truly do. I think it has challenges that I don't quite understand fully. My son (who is 19 now) and I have talked about it in the past, and honestly, some of the things that were a daily part of his high school experience just weren't part of mine. Things do change.

Hey, remember a few posts back when we were talking about the series 7 Up? The entire premise of that series was "Give me the child at 7, and I'll give you the man." (might be a slight paraphrase)...and it's quite true in so many ways.

He clearly is a very well loved young man, both by you and his parents. That's a huge thing to have in a life.

Russell said...

Children are most always a reflection of their parents.

Sounds like Phinnaeus has some great parents. And guess what? Phinnaeus' grandmother is the mother of HIS mom! And my guess is that his mom is very much like YOU.

And my guess that is YOU are very much like YOUR mom.

Interesting how that works....

Congratulations on a very nice family!!

Brenda said...

You just made my day. I love positive reinforcement and wish more of us bloggers would follow your example. Your words sound so sincere and honest. What a lucky young man he is to have you for a Grandma.

kenju said...

We could have the same grandson! Mine (the one who will be 14 next week) also plays trombone and has always been his own person, not following in the steps of his peers. He's giving up his beloved camp this summer, so he can go to band camp and secure his place in the high school band in the fall.

heartinsanfrancisco said...

Phinnaeus, you rock! He is a lucky lad indeed to be blessed both by natural ability and by a supportive family. His coolth is assured forever.

Donnetta Lee said...

Go, Phinnaeus!! Congratulations to Phinnaeus on a successful concert. Lucky grandmother! D

JO said...

They all grow up too fast, huh? What a nice tribute.

My triplets are only 11, and it is so much fun watching them grow.

Jo

www.teensandtriplets.com

Katy said...

I think its amazing to see kids as they grow into themselves. Phinnaeus sounds like a very unique "old soul." Glad to hear his performance went well.

DJan said...

The teenage years are always a difficult time to get through. And I think these days it's even harder that when I was young. I think he's very lucky to have a grandmother who is actually sensitive to his needs. Kudos to Phinneas and his grandma!

leilani said...

The word OMA is such a wonderful word is it not Jo? The apple never falls too far from the tree Jo, he got his talent from his OMA =0D

Mia said...

I think all children are great. It's when they pass 14 that things go wrong.

Paula Slade said...

What a delightful young man!