Interview With Lew on The Eve of His 18th Birthday.
Favourite Colour: Red
Favourite Food: Lasagne (meat!) – this is to my vegan 15 year old self
Favourite Movie: Lord of the Rings
Favourite TV Series: Breaking Bad, Twin Peaks
Favourite Video Game (right now): Resident Evil 7,
Favourite Band: Currently it’s The Drones
Hobbies: Drawing, filming, politics, social issues, wildlife
Favourite Comic Series: Sandman
Books You’ve Enjoyed Recently: House of Leaves, It
What do you want to do for a Living? Become an comic artist
How do you feel about your childhood? I feel like I’ve had a nice comfortable childhood and I wouldn’t trade it for any other. It’s been somewhat free.
How do you feel about adulthood? I feel very in between about. I’ve got a lot of mixed feelings about it. I’m scared about failing at it but I’m looking forward to being independent eventually, have my own house and sustain myself without having to rely on anyone else.
Are you grown up yet? No.
Every year we do these little interviews just before Lew’s birthday. Here are some others if you’d like to reminisce with me…An interview with Lew on the cusp of 14 and Lew’s interview on the cusp of 16
This sweet little boy is pretty much all grown up now. 18 tomorrow.
Lew’s 18th birthday was always a day I’ve tried not to think about. Yes, I am totally and utterly blessed to have been able to know and be the mum to this child for a whole 18 years. That is something I don’t take for granted, not at all. But the thought of his childhood being virtually over has always played heavily on my heart.
Letting go. It’s something that very few parents talk much about. There’s a lot about the baby years and toddlerhood. There’s plenty about tweens and teens. But 18 year olds at the cusp of adulthood (well, legally an adult in this country), nup, not much out there on that.
Anyway, I feel like there’ll be a few more ramblings from me about this tender topic but for now, on the eve of my one and only gorgeous son’s 18th birthday, I want to say what an absolute privilege it is to be his mum and to have spent so many wonderful moments together. So many firsts. So many seconds. So many highs and lows and in-betweens. So many laughs and tears. So, so, so, much in one small chunk of time that is called childhood.
To say that I feel proud for this almost man, is an understatement. He is a treasure. Beyond words. I can’t imagine a better way to have spent the past 18 years of my life – parenting and hanging out and unschooling this strong minded, artistic, clever, passionate, helpful, beautiful person. So blessed!
Right now I’m actually a little lost for words as the tears are welling up, again. Give them wings, they say. Yes, I know. He’s got some and they are fluttering about on a daily basis. But it’s just gone so quickly and I’m trying to adjust. Give me a few days and I’m sure I’ll be fine. I really won’t try to hold him back, of course. This whole unschooling life has been about encouraging him to be the person he needs to be and for now we have another year of unschooling left and then…well, it’s all before him.
Happy Birthday, my beautiful son. xxx
love you forever