I am thankful for The Teenager. He is an amazing young man. He has struggled with a lot of things over the last 3 years and he has come out of it stronger and more mature. He has learned, and is still learning, to recognize his weaknesses and when he is most vulnerable. For instance:
Halloween night he was going to have a party. He had invited his girlfriend, who was going to invite some of her friends. He had also invited several (many) people from school. We were a little perturbed at him because we had no idea how many people were coming. Long story short, only 1 person showed up.
Later on, he came downstairs and told us that he was really discouraged, and he knew that he needed to not be alone. We turned on a funny show and had a great time with him. I told him how proud I was of him for recognizing that and doing something about it.
I am so excited to see what the rest of his life has in store for him.