Unconditional love…

May 18, 2009 by  
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Unconditional love   -   By Anna Marie de la Fuente   -

The other day, my nine year old son pointed to a shadow on his upper lip and asked me if he was growing a moustache. I confirmed it and pointed out that he’d eventually have hair sprouting from his armpits and crotch, too. “I don’t want to become a man, !” he cried.

My insides churned while I tried to reassure him it was a good thing. To be honest, I don’t want him to become a man either. It’s selfish but I want him innocent and naïve forever. I want him to adore me unconditionally the way he does now. I want him to be a child forever. I guess I suffer from Peter Pan’s mother’s syndrome.

As each year passes, he grows ever more cognizant of inconsistencies and flaws in me and his father. Each year, I see him slipping further away as he grows into his own. It’s the empty nest syndrome creeping towards me on stealthy feet. Now I know why some women think of having another baby when they see their first offspring growing up. On second thought, I think I’ll just get a dog.

Anna Marie de la Fuente is the chief Latin America writer for Variety.

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