Moe and I went out to lunch today and I had a really good time with him. We talked about his friends and then we discussed politics and current events. When I asked him who he was going to vote for Governor of California, he replied, "I'm not sure yet. I have to really look at the pros and cons of each candidate."
When did we go from talking about what he did at recess, to discussing choosing the right governor to vote for?
I know he's eighteen years old, but sometimes it feels surreal that the child I gave birth to, has a voice of his own- on politics, religion, and everything else that is happening around the world.
Don't get me wrong, he's still a teenager that loves to play video games, hanging out with his friends and chatting online via FaceBook. But he truly cares what happens outside of his "teenage sphere".
Several months ago, there was discussion that there would be more cutbacks in our schools. Moe was so frustrated he said, "Don't they know when you cut education, you affect a kid's education?" "And then what happens to the future of America when all the kids get limited education?"
My intelligent response was, "I have no idea. I guess it would really suck big time."
He gave me this 'I can't believe you're my mother' look and proceeded to ignore me for the rest of the day, hoping RM would come home from work soon, to provide him with more stimulating conversation.
Since then I've been better at keeping up with current events for two reasons: