Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Time To Change

If you grew up around the same time as I did, you definitely remember the TV show "The Brady Bunch" which was a huge part of my childhood. Now an adult and mother, I recently had occasion to bring one of those legendary episodes to mind. My boy Frack, almost 16 years-old, is currently experiencing an extreme, pubescent changing voice. It would seem that for me, life has imitated art.

It started a few months ago and very slight at first. I would hear the high pitch in his voice when he was talking, but just slightly and only sprinkled in conversation here and there. I even mentioned to him that I thought his voice might be changing, to which he made no comment to confirm it. After spending last week's vacation with the family, we are no longer searching for a cute, minimal pitch change here and there. Frack is in the middle of a full on, four alarm, squeaky, pitchy, voice change.

Frack was having a conversation with my dad, when he tried to casually call his name,

"Pa-PA?" The squeak in his voice, surprising even him.
"What the hell was that?" Frack replied.

We, of course, laughed and offered him our support. Throughout the week, it would pop into conversation. He would stop mid-sentence, revealing his frustration over this inconvenient rite of passage. Now he can't wait for it to be over.

Who really knows for sure how long it will take for the process to complete, but I'm sure Frack will roll with it until then. Just like those crazy Brady's say," it's time to re-arrange who you are into what you're going to be."


11 comments:

Jim said...

I thought you were going to say he met an Indian boy, and was sneaking him some baked beans in a flashlight :-)

XO

BamaTrav said...

Yes, I remember my balls dropping, voice changing, sprouting pubes, facial hair....ahhh, the good ole days.

Heff said...

Just watch out for footballs headed straight for your nose, Candy.

sybil law said...

What? No video for us to laugh at?! FAIL, Candy!
But seriously. Now he can't sing in the big to do.
:)

BeckEye said...

Well, it's like I always say, "Sha na na na na na na na na, sha na na na na."

SkylersDad said...

I remember the hell of having my voice change and the constant ridicule from my family. You had to grow up tough around these folks!

the walking man said...

Another sign of one of your beloved children being taken over by that recessive alien gene in his DNA. Assure him he only moves position in the choir and you know now is the right time for you to have THE TALK with him. ha ha ha ha ha Parenting is a great thing to watch when you're not the one having to do it.

Denis Verdecia said...

HA! I will be there with mine in a couple of years. He is already almost as tall as me....

Scope said...

I'm certain my voice changed over night, in my sleep, and never went thru the cracklin' phase you describe.

And there is no video evidence to disprove me.

MarkD60 said...

I didn't notice my own voice changing.

Cora said...

I'm so glad we girls didn't have to suffer through that.