This is Ten

Mar 22, 2013 by



At 5am this morning, my son, “A”, got up to pee.  When he finished in the bathroom, he stood at the side of my bed looking down at me. “Mom, I’m cold,” he said as he snuggled under the blankets.  This 5am wake-up call is normal.  It’s been part of our routine for as long as I can remember.  He is my human alarm clock.

It’s now 6:37 and I’m typing this at my kitchen table, even before I’ve had my coffee.  I just want to get it down on paper so I can remember what my son at 10 feels like.  This was our conversation this morning:

Time: 5:05 am

Setting:  My bed.

“A” : Giggles

Me: “What’s funny?”

“A”: “This funny thing I saw on YouTube.  It’s this kitty that flies on rainbows and has a Pop Tart for a belly.  It’s called Nyan Cat, and it has this funny meow-music.” More giggles.

Me: “Oh, that sounds funny. I’ll have to check it out later.”

“A”: “Mom, did you know that the Native Americans walked to North America?”

Me: “Yes, they crossed the Bearing Straight.”

“A”: “Technology is really cool.  First, there were rowboats like the Vikings used.  Then Columbus sailed to America. Then there were steam ships.   Now…you fly.”

Me:  “It’s amazing, isn’t it?”

“A”: “Yhea.”  Pause.  “Did you know that the Native Americans invented lacrosse?  They used to use it as a kind of war between two villages.  They would have thousands of players on each team.”

*note: it was not actually a tool of war, but a healthy rivalry between villages…the equivalent of the Yankees vs. Red Sox.

Me:  “Thousands. Wow, that’s a pretty big team.”

“A”:  “I know.  And lacrosse balls are pretty small.”

Me: “Where did you learn all this?”

“A”: “School.  We’re studying Native Americans in Social Studies and some I just, you know, knew from books and stuff.”

Me: “I see.  That’s very interesting.  Thanks for sharing that with me.”

“A”: “I need to sleep now.  Can you be quiet, Mom?”

This is 10.  Ten is still that baby that cuddles up to you and tells you about cute kitties.  Ten is filled with wonder about the world, but still views it through the lens of a child.  Ten can gather information from a number of sources and make sense of it, but still needs guidance and direction in figuring it all out.  Ten is funny and silly. Ten is still a little bit self-centered.  Ten is the bridge between little kid who needs you every second for every little thing, and the teenager who wants nothing to do with you unless it involves money.

Ten is precious…and I’m savoring every moment.


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A mom to one 12 year-old son, Ann has worked in public relations and marketing for almost 20 years. As a publicist and special events director for a major motion picture company, she worked on films such as The Matrix, Steven Spielberg’s A.I. Artificial Intelligence and the first two Harry Potter films. She was named “One of the Top 15 Most Influential Event Planners in New York City” by an entertainment industry trade publication. After the birth of her son, she gave up the glamorous life (and the hour long commute) to work closer to home, handling public relations and marketing for a natural products company. Her freelance career includes writing for national and international publications and serving as both a reporter and columnist for Fairfield County based websites and magazines and is the founder of the Fairfield County lifestyle blog, Fairfieldista.

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  • Vivian

    I can’t tell you how much I love this post. I see my kids (2.5 years old) changing every day and I have these images of them being independent and no longer wanting mom in only a few years. It gives me hope that at 10 (only a short 7.5 years from now for me), I will still be snuggling and enjoying the moment.

    This is the best line: “I need to sleep now. Can you be quiet, Mom?” Too cute.

  • Kate Street

    Oh, I LOVE this and feel it very close to my heart, having an 8 year old who loves Nyan Cat. :)

  • Michelle

    Love this!

  • Denise George

    I love Ten! He sounds a lot like my 10 year old daughter only with her it’s animal facts…gross animal facts thank you! That’s Ten too! LOL

  • Mary Grace

    What a smart, sweet, and funny ten year old you have! I really enjoyed reading this.

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