My hipster son was walking down the street, sporting over-sized sunglasses, and tight hipster jeans that hit the top of his boot: his shirt is so tight he looks like he had a growth spurt in the middle of the night.

He is flipping his hair back and looking intense like he’s got somewhere important to go. As I see him coming toward me I reflect on how did this kid get to be a 27- year old man?

Where did the time go?

One minute he was a kid waking me up in the middle of the night asking me how I would survive the Zombie Apocalypse: ( CLICK HERE)  The next he was a grown handsome hipster capturing every minute of his life on Instagram.

Not only do I wonder not recognize the adults they have become I wonder if I had anything to do with it.


I don't recognize the man my son has become

walking down the street I didn’t recognize the man my son has become.

There was that shaky time when he was between  17 and 21, where I questioned my parenting skills, daily.

But then when he hit 25, the soft spot in his head firmed up. He stopped sighing, and quit shuffling his feet.

Suddenly he wanted to have lunch with me. Sometimes he paid. And in fact, his tolerance level went up. And he wasn’t swearing as much. In fact, if there was swearing to be done it was usually by me.  Because after menopause I seemed to have developed the mouth of a trucker.

So as I see him walk toward me on the street I was thrilled to run into him. And, I yelled “Hey Brendan” and he looked at me like he was confused to see me in his hood.

I say hi again. This time he pulls his glasses down and looks at me like he’s figuring out my game.

I laugh:  “Right, Think you’re cool or what?”

And he smiles a big wide silver tooth grin. It is then I realize this is not my son. My son does not have a silver tooth. No, the son I admired isn’t a pirate.

This man standing in front of me is nice enough is someone else’s hipster son.

Then it hit me:  

My actual hipster son was on holiday in New Brunswick.

I couldn’t believe I hadn’t remembered.

I had had a similar experience when Brendan was a new-born baby. See, I had left him at the YMCA babysitting service while I worked out. And when I came back and saw all the babies in the baby seats, most of them dressed in white sleepers, it took me about 30 seconds to figure out which child was mine.

In conclusion, take care out on the street:  If you have a hipster son,  check him out twice before you yell at him. Or you could end up like me and you will be buying some other mother’s kid lunch.

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