My 14 year old said something amazing the other day. He has no idea how it affected me.
He was talking about his English teacher. He said, "I really like Mrs. A_____. She's really really smart. She's, like, the smartest person I know."
"She's almost as smart as you, Mom."
Took my breath away. Here I am, stay at home Mom, bemoaning how people don't know how smart I am because they only know me as a stay at home Mom. Feeling less because I don't have a PhD or a high-powered job, even though I am smart enough to have either or both if I had made different life choices.
And along comes this goofy 14 year old kid, himself an honors student, to say something like that in such matter-of-fact manner. He wasn't meaning to compliment me, which made it all the better to me.
I have lists of other amazing things my kids have said or that I have said to my kids, but I think I will let this particular one stand alone. Forgive me while I bask?