I have a 15 year old boy in my house. Do any of you know how much food a 6’2” 200 pound growing boy can eat in a sitting? A tremendous amount, that’s for sure! What amazes me even more is how often he can eat. I made lasagna a few nights ago, and he ate three of the eight pieces I cut the casserole into. As I was loading the dishwasher 15 minutes later, he returned to the kitchen and bumped me out of the way while he got a huge bowl of cold cereal!
Carl’s walked into the house after wrestling practice and eaten an entire bunch of bananas while waiting for me to finish up supper (all of 15 minutes). Bags of cereal and gallons of milk can disappear between the time I go to bed and the time I get up. Loaves of bread, pails of ice cream, cases of soda, packs of hot dogs, boxes of ice cream bars, and packages of cookies seemingly vanish into thin air. Nothing is safe from my teen age eating machine!
When I ask him if he ate the missing items, he shrugs his shoulders and gives me one of his puzzled looks. Is it possible that he is eating all this food without realizing it? I’ve heard of sleep walking: Is there such thing as sleep eating? Is it possible that he’s eating so fast that his brain isn’t registering all that is passing between his lips?
I will continue making a stop or two each day at the local grocery store to pick up food for my hungry son. I feel a little like the adult robin that has a nest full of babies sitting around with their mouths open demanding to be fed. No matter how many worms daddy bird brings back, they are always looking for more!
I guess the time will come soon enough when the nest will be empty, and I’ll be wishing the hungry bird boy was still around. When I think about it that way, I’m more than happy to be still needed by my growing son. He’s at the point where he thinks he’s grown up, but is still mostly unable to take care of his basic needs. That’s my role in this world, providing worms for my helpless nestling. I’ll help him grow his own set of wings in the meantime, and I’ll smile proudly as he flies away into the horizon under his own power, praying he has what it takes to make it on his own.