October 2015 -In honor of my son's 18th birthday, I have hearkened on an adventure to update said son's page of the happenings in such son's life in the past few years. Before I ramble on about my son's quests in the past few years, I must remark on the way I have been feeling for the past year or so, "Where has the time gone?" He is 18, graduated from high school, and 6 foot 2 inches! I know you are astounded by the uniqueness of my remark and are still trying to absorb such deep words as you have never heard before. LOL! Nonetheless, I have felt it deeply in my bones that my little boy has been slipping from my fingers for the past couple of years as he has grown into his own man and changed significantly into an very interesting young man that we were very proud of. Sometimes the things he does take me by total surprise that I look at him and say who are you?
Ah...I digress...back to the task at hand...our journey has started in the summer after his sophomore year in high school. After much prayer, we felt led by the Lord to take Steven out of private school and started homeschooling. Let me tell you that it was the best thing that we ever did. He gained experiences he never would have in traditional school. Engineering exploring the latest technology, Gavel club which lead to researching topics of interest to present, business etiquette , comparative religions, programming classes (web design and computer modeling), learning how to run a business day in and day out, building a computer from scratch, and shooting club are just a few. He developed interests and talents like never before.
Steven has become quite the marksman and seems to really have a knack for it. Last school year, he participated in the 4H shooting team and continued to hone his skills. Due to his work schedule he wasn't able to compete, but when going against his father/teacher, he has been blowing the competition away. Also the whole family joined the Rowan County Wildlife Association this past year and has put in a some range time. We have added to Steven's arsenal at Christmas a Remington 597 HB Semi Auto Rifle. Steven passed his hunting safety course, so he could get his hunting license. He attended turkey hunting class also at Bass Pro. The boys have yet to come home with a prize for the efforts but have enjoyed the hunt or a least the shooting. He continues to dabble in some fishing and kayaking.
As I felt our time together was short, it challenged me to do those things that his father wouldn't do with him. One such thing was to overcome my fear of heights. Yes. I hate heights, but what did I plan for a couple of our mother son outings? Ropes course...high ones at the Whitewater Center. Again, amazingly he was a natural, and to be the honest, the only one that could convince me to climb up to those heights. He also coached me every inch of it which was very helpful. At our first visit, the staff told him he should apply to work there when he was old enough. Every time we go to those courses he always ends up helping some little kids that bit off more than they could chew and get them back to safety. We have gone to other zip-lining places, but the Whitewater Center is our favorite.
We have taken a few trips together. Steven really enjoys things from the past and oddities. He says it best in his own words, "Things were better back then." So we took a trip to Korner's Folly. It is the architectural wonder and home of artist and designer Jule Gilmer Körner. Built in 1880 in Kernersville, North Carolina, the house originally served to display his interior design portfolio. It was amazing with the murals and his innovating way of making room for his kids like cutting rooms in half. At times it took our breath away, and at other times, it made us giggle. On the way home we stopped at Old Salem. Steven really enjoyed learning how they fashioned the guns at the T. Vogler Gun Shop. We were able to visit just a few of the exhibits before we had to head home.
Maybe not so new to me, but maybe to you, Steven's quick wit has taken off like a rocket. He and his dad can crack me up like no other. Sometimes I think who needs aromatherapy after a long day at work when I can home to Abbott and Costello every evening, and I get to see the shows for free! The impressions and accents are enough to melt the stress of the day away. Just what the doctor ordered for sometimes too serious girl. God knew what he was doing by putting me with these two clowns. Troy says they could have their own morning show as they ride around in the van working.
Steven has become quite the music lover over the past few years. His tastes are almost as vast as his father's. He prefers jazz, blues, oldies but goodies like Frank Sinatra, older country, but his all time favorite bands are Bob Seger and Bob Dillon and that has shaped him as a musician. When we first got him a guitar, many many years ago, we got him a electric guitar. He has recently switched over to acoustic when Troy bought him a 2012 C.F. Martin "Custom" GPCPA4 Cutaway A/E- Made in the USA . He found it on Reverb.com(Original listing) for $900, if brand new they list for $1800. Steven has been jamming up a storm and learning his craft. He performs at monthly jam sessions at his home-school coop which has driven him to practice more than I have ever seen.
Steven has grown by leaps and bounds over the years, and I have no doubt that he will continue to surprise me. There is no telling what he will do. Several years ago, he said he wanted to be a comedian. At one point he wanted to be a computer modeler, but for now he is doing an awesome job working in the family business and some days kicking his dad's butt.