In some ways, Jacob is very much like a child. And in some ways, he is like a typical teenage guy.
How you ask?
He likes loud music. Not necessarily the genre that most teens might like, but he likes it LOUD!
He has odd eating habits. Healthy choices aren’t of interest to him.
Usually needs a shave.
He’s content wearing the same thing for 4 days in a row.
He likes to sleep in.
He can be rude to his parents. Wait. WHAT????? Surely, not Jacob.
I’m sure not suggesting that all teenagers are rude. Or, that rudeness only comes from that age bracket. We know that isn’t so!
He will insist, with urgency, that we come to his room. Upon getting there, he will quickly close the door in our face. YES. HE. DOES. Rude, but actually funny at the same time. It happens fairly often, too. He’s trying to make a point that can probably have multiple meanings.
Sometimes though, we are needed. It may be to plug up music. Or turn on a lamp. Or change batteries. Or maybe adjust the speed or turn off the ceiling fan. When we have completed the tasks, he is quick to show us the door.
He is not partial to only us when it comes to being rude. I know, right?
Anyone who has been in our home, for any length of time, and ventured into Jacob’s bedroom, has experienced him showin’ you the door. Some are lucky enough to stay longer than others.
We have learned to tell new sitters, not to take it personally, but that he doesn’t want them to sit in his room. That’s not why he has a nice comfy chair. You are allowed to come in, but when your service has been rendered, he will show you the door.
Friends may want to stop in to see Jacob. Thinking they’ll sit in his room and chat a little. Before long, he is showin’ them the door.
If it’s someone he loves, a family member, sitter, or long time friend, he may offer his cheek for you to kiss him. But, he is just being polite before showin’ you the door!
Years ago, our youngest granddaughter was staying with us and at some point, she said, “Nannie, I need you to go out and close the door. I need my privacy.” At the time, ’privacy’ seemed like a really big word for such a little girl. But, she knew she wanted to be alone.
Indeed, Jacob’s way of saying, ‘I need my privacy’ is showin’ you (and us) the door!
And everyone deserves their privacy!!