A conversation between a mother and a teenage son.
Mother and son engage in a conversation. Mother discusses conversation held with son earlier in the day.
“I’m disappointed in the way you handled my simple request this morning. Your response was very self-centered.” – Mother
“I was in a hurry. I didn’t have time to help you out.” – Tall Boy
“Yes, you did. You had time. I asked you help me with something that was important to me. I was emotional and needed to know I could count on you.” – Mother
” I know.” – Tall Boy
“Remember to think of others as often as you think of yourself. Your feelings are important, but so are other people’s. Hearing how ill my dad is very hard. I need to know you will support me when times are tough. I need to know you will be the loving son I’ve raised you to be.” – Mother
“I’m sorry, Mom. I know things have been hard for you lately. I love you SO much.” – Tall Boy
Teenage son walks over to mother and gives her a hug.
“I’ve never heard you say that to me before.” – Mother
“Never say what?” – Tall Boy
“Say you love me SO much.” – Mother
“I tell you I love you all the time.” – Tall Boy
“You tell me you love me, but I’ve never heard you say you love me SO much.” – Mother
“I say it everyday I guess just not out loud.” – Tall Boy
“I love you SO much too.” – Mother
One little word can change everything.