Initiation

Well, that was a weird one.

My (step)son is about to turn 17 and we – me and his mom – just initiated him into the “adult” world of his Ancestors. Not only what WE were “up to”, but also the handed-down stories of what our own parents did.

Yes. Some of these stories involved substances best mentioned only in hushed tones. What was best about these conversations was the passing-on of the “best practice” notes that we had stuck to back when we were fearless young souls.

1) Do not eat anything whose provenance you cannot vouch for.

2) It’s best to traverse new territory with an experienced guide.

3) Relax. It’s not gonna kill you.

Like Neo on his first Red Pill, how can you prepare your child for an experience that is (probabilistically) going to happen whether you want it to or not? My own opinion is to be honest about what has worked for you and what hasn’t – and don’t pretend to knowledge you don’t have. I can’t honestly comment about crack or meth, other than to say that I would prefer it if they didn’t become involved with either.

That’s about as far as I can go.

Which is not to say that it’s as far as they will.

Strangely, he decided to stick with his familiar path… what this means is anyone’s guess, other that that skills which have been hibernating for a decade or more might actually come back to light.

Bring it on.

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