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I Hate My Son June 18, 2017

It’s probably wrong on a fundamental level for me to be so insanely jealous of my own child that I kind of hate him a little bit. 

Jacob, whose friends are clearly of a higher quality than my own, is currently touring Italy and France with a friend of his and her family.  I’m not 100% sure how he rated this invitation, but for his sake, I’m glad he did.  Travel is a good thing, especially when you are doing it the way they are doing it.  They are staying in local villas and apartments, a kind of European Air BnB, so they aren’t getting the sanitized a Marriott-here-is-the-same-as-a-Marriott-there version of being tourists.  The world is a big place, and I think it is great that while he is still in his younger, formative years that he gets to see some of it and the way other people live and think. 

I can’t talk to him, because international cellular data might just cost more than the plane fare.  He does, occasionally, have access to Wi-Fi, so he posts on Instagram and Snapchat, and I’ve communicated with him a little bit through those services. 

I took a walk around the subdivision behind my house the other day.  The day was sunny and the gardenias are blooming making everything smell sweet.  I appreciated the lush green of the Georgia late spring and the peacefulness of my neighborhood.

Then I looked at Jacob’s Snapchat.  He had gone for a walk in the Italian Alps and had a picnic there of fresh fruit and cheese and long loaves of Italian bread.  Truly I expected Julie Andrews to pop out and spin around, it looked so much like the set of the Sound of Music.  When I said this to him, he said, “Well, you could see Bavaria from where we were.”

Yup, I hate him just a little more now.

The homeowner’s association here would not stand for the crumbling, uneven stone walls and walkways on his

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Even his laundry was scenic

Snapchat story.  They would assess a fine for the tiny, flowering succulents daring to throw down roots and take hold between the bricks.  There is nothing regular and deliberate about what he is seeing.  The buildings look more like they grew where they were planted than built by urban planners.  Or what passed for urban planners a thousand or more years ago.

This is a good perspective for a kid who thinks his cell phone is ancient technology because it is getting on to 18 months old. 

The other day, my husband sat down on the sofa and watched a Formula One race he had on the DVR.  He sighed.  “One day, I want to go to Monaco.” 

Because life is full of coincidences, or perhaps because there are no coincidences, not twenty minutes before this item was added to my husband’s bucket list, I got a text message from the Mom that was with Jacob in France.  “We’ve decided to go to Monaco this afternoon.”  I showed my husband the text message.  I’m not sure the tear in his eye was from happiness from his ability to vicariously partake in his son’s experience (unlikely) or a white-hot-jealous rage (more likely) but it was fat and salty, nonetheless. 

I’m afraid he’s going to come home and start sentences with, “When I was in Italy…” as he turns up his nose at the freezer burned chicken nuggets I’ve reheated for dinner because that’s all I could find between runs to the store.  I hope that he will come home wanting to recreate the fresh pesto he had with his hand made gnocci to demonstrate to us how much better than the jarred stuff we’re all used to.

I can dream, right?

Until then, I can dream of how much he will grow and learn in two weeks, things I couldn’t possibly teach him from home.  I miss my boy, I’m happy for him, and I love him.  

But I still hate him a little.

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I Hate My Son

4 Comments

  1. Charolene

    Sounds like he is having a good trip and don’t let the green monster get you

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  2. Kate Mahar

    Oh, I so get it, mamacita! And now he’s playing with the Atlanta Philharmonic or something equally impressive? Jacob is a kid you love to hate! (Just kidding – that beautiful boy of yours is having an amazing summer – mazel tov!)

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  3. Sandy lingo

    “This is a good perspective for a kid who thinks his cell phone is ancient technology because it is getting on to 18 months old. “. You are hilarious! The opportunities the younguns have today…yeah, I hate them a little, too.

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  4. Susan Silver

    I’ll do better than forgive you! I’ll allow you to be jealous of your son. I’m so jealous of my granddaughter’s going to college next year. When I went to college, I was too anxious to enjoy it. I want a do over l!!!

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I Hate My Son

4 Comments

  1. Charolene

    Sounds like he is having a good trip and don’t let the green monster get you

    Reply

  2. Kate Mahar

    Oh, I so get it, mamacita! And now he’s playing with the Atlanta Philharmonic or something equally impressive? Jacob is a kid you love to hate! (Just kidding – that beautiful boy of yours is having an amazing summer – mazel tov!)

    Reply

  3. Sandy lingo

    “This is a good perspective for a kid who thinks his cell phone is ancient technology because it is getting on to 18 months old. “. You are hilarious! The opportunities the younguns have today…yeah, I hate them a little, too.

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  4. Susan Silver

    I’ll do better than forgive you! I’ll allow you to be jealous of your son. I’m so jealous of my granddaughter’s going to college next year. When I went to college, I was too anxious to enjoy it. I want a do over l!!!

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Lori Duff

Lori B. Duff is an award-winning author who practices law on the side.  Her latest book, "If You Did What I Told You..." is set to be released in the Fall of 2019. You can follow her on Twitter at @LoriBDuff and on Facebook. For more blogs written by Lori, click here. For more information about Lori in general, click here. If you want Lori to do your writing for you, click here.

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