I've been hardened by the long journey, and become more than a little jaded about being a healer and achiever. But I am now old, so that is pardonable, right? Still, one of the main reasons for all the effort was to make sure that people, and especially kids, would not be lied to the way I was, and not live in fear of imaginary threats. There will always be enough real ones to worry about.
My son will be 14 tomorrow. I've watched the transformation from despising girls, to enjoying the attention of girls, to taking a prurient interest in girls. True love of a girl is hopefully next. He's definitely got the looks, but he's still a little short, so that's limiting his possibilities with the more mature young ladies! We'll see what this school year brings.
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