Saturday, June 17, 2006

Teenage Pukefest - A Parent's rite of passage

It being a holiday in South Africa yesterday, my son celebrated his 18th with a party for his friends at my house in Cape Town on Thursday evening.

My wife and I exchanged a few text messages yesterday:

Wife: Survived J's pukefest - just 3 pukes in the house - the rest outside. Typical kids, bought hideous coloured liquor to do shots etc. Real rite of passage for me!

Me: Marvellous! Did J have a hangover? I'll ring tomorrow or Sunday.

Wife: Bit of a one. But at least he didn't get puking drunk like so many others. Place stinks of vomit. M (daughter) sleeping over at K (*). Ahem! Tried to give her a casual chat about not allowing things to get too physical.

(*) K is the budding boyfriend, a boy she's known since her first year at school. Until very recently, she despised/ridiculed him as he was the fat little boy in first year, the only boy, who cried when given an injection by the school nurse. He remained fat until a year ago but has turned into a tall, lean boy who's rather good-looking. And, his parents live in a huge house on a farm miles out of the city.

18 Comments:

Blogger DougZAR said...

I had a pukefest when I turned 18, too. And 19, and 20, and 21, come to think of it. Thank goodness I got past that phase! Anyway, have a happy Father's Day tomorrow, old man!

3:23 pm  
Anonymous xmichra said...

how old is your daughter?? My mother would have never let me sleep at my boyfriends house... but I was bad too.

Glad your son had a great night out (sounds like he did).

3:57 pm  
Blogger Reluctant Nomad said...

tiggerzar: I had several before I was 18 but not one on my 18th. My 21st was dope and wine fuelled but no pukefest.

Thanks for the Fathers Day wishes

xmichra: She's 15 and a bit boy-mad but still quite innocent not that I think the state of innocense is going to last long. The boyfriend's parents will have them in separate rooms although that hasn't stopped many a teenager. :-)

4:31 pm  
Blogger andrea said...

That's in the not-to-distant future for me. THANKS A LOT for reminding me!

4:54 pm  
Blogger Saddle Up said...

Good night for your son (and your daughter it seems!)

It's surprising how the fat kid becomes appealing when he grows upwards ;)

5:20 pm  
Blogger angel said...

dude- for some reason i didn't think you were old enough to have a son of 18... did i miss something somewhere?

7:48 pm  
Blogger portuguesa nova said...

lol! Awesome. You guys seem like fabulous parents.

12:44 am  
Blogger Dawn said...

I think if there was a 'Parents of the New Millennium' Award, you guys would win it. Happy Father's Day. Your children are lucky to have you. xox

4:02 am  
Blogger Babsbitchin said...

Oh God, I've dealt with those rites of passage. You'd think it would cure them for a few years but then again, it didn't cure me, either! Oh, and your celebrating because he's 18, just a reminder...you don't get a,"Get out of parentage free card," till your at the Pearly Gates.But I tip my glass to you and yours, may it be a joyous celebration, once you've cleaned up anyway!!xoxoxox

4:22 am  
Blogger Reluctant Nomad said...

andrea : All parents have to suffer so just be prepared when your time comes!

Saddle Up : They both seemed very pleased with themselves when I spoke to them on Saturday. It’s also surprising how many ugly ducklings turn into swans.

angel : You must have missed something somewhere. I turned 47 the other day, so more than old enough to have a kid of 18.

portuguesa nova : I’m glad you think so; I’ll have to find out if the kids agree.

Dawn : Very nice of you to think so although my being away in the UK so much of the time takes the tarnish off the award somewhat.

Babs O'Bitchin : Thanks for the tipped glass. Fortunately, being thousands of miles away, I didn’t have to get involved in any cleaning up.

8:08 am  
Blogger Rob7534 said...

Oh I miss a good puke fest! I haven't puked since I turned 24.

Memories.

1:39 pm  
Blogger Alan said...

Like Rob I havent puked for many years but remember when it was a regular booze connected thing (although there have been other reasons). Usually a result of very cheep wine and sirits all mixed with a good dose of drugs !

3:25 pm  
Blogger BUDDESS said...

Oh man, I feel so sorry for the kids who wait so long to have that first drink and then go totally overboard because they just don't know how bad it will get. I was about 27 when I had my first puke fest - ok, alcohol related puke fest. As for sleeping over at the boyfriends', my parents wouldn't even let me sleep over anywhere. No discussion!! Never!! Nada!! Bad things would happen. I made up for it in later life though. hahaha wink wink

1:35 pm  
Blogger Tammy said...

My 21st was the fest for me - have never touched tequilla since!!
Happy Birthday!

3:26 pm  
Blogger nico said...

Happy birthday!

2:17 pm  
Blogger Guyana-Gyal said...

Oh my gosh, your children are growing up. How do you feel about that, Nomad?

11:20 pm  
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