Today, as a public service for parents who are wondering what they can expect when their kids become teenaagers, I am going to post one of Skater Boy's videos. (Skater Boy, if you recall, is one of our extra kids.) The quality of the images is poor, because the equipment he uses is really old -- the battery runs out almost as soon as he starts the camera -- and most of the shots were taken in the middle of the night, which is when teenagers are most energetic. The action is in slow motion, too, so you have to just imagine the speed. Despite these flaws, I think this video clip captures the energy of adolescence.
The video shows my kids and my extras playing in my front yard on a winter night. You can catch glimpses of them tubing over jumps, garbage cans, a Christmas tree, and in one shot -- over five teenagers huddled on the ground. Surprisingly, no one was harmed in the making of this video.