Motherhood - wow it's not easy. I didn't THINK it was going to be easy when I had my first child 13 years ago but it's so much harder right now than I thought it would be.
I wouldn't repeat my teenage years (at least the early ones) again for anything. Especially middle school. But to see this 13 year old and recall how much he used to adore us hurts. And I know how lucky we are - he's a good boy, everyone always tells us how sweet and polite and helpful he is. He's getting good grades, attends youth group at our church and is even going on a mission trip this summer and getting ready to take confirmation classes. The latter I know he's doing for my benefit - at least in part. But he's starting to be sneaky with things like his math homework. Now, I have to check it which takes 2 hours every evening because he's making the lamest mistakes.
I guess it's just easier when they are small and all you have to do is feed and love them. Or when they are small and furry like Frankie, who really does just want food and a lap! :)