I sometimes beat myself up over doing the opposite of what some parents may have done if they had a child that was becoming popular, in a national sense, in the entertainment industry.
As much as we supported his dream, my husband and I did our best to guide and protect Forrest in the world of the dog-eat-dog music business. But the "what ifs", had he continued on his rocket ride in the rock world...the notions of success and notoriety that he could have had...the monetary compensation that he was on the road to receiving, do still plague my thinking now and again. Was I a party to dashing his dreams? Then I turn on the television and get a load of Miley Cirus's VMA performance.
Not that Forrest would have worn rubber shorts on stage sporting a foam finger, and well...you know, (insert Will Smith VMA family photo with aghast expressions here.) But, I'm thankful that he didn't have to continue in his most crucial years as an adolescent, thinking that he had to sell out every ounce of his integrity to stay relevant in the business.
And thankful that I wasn't "that mom" that gave him a standing ovation when he did~
I think that Forrest being able to have his normal teen years back ended up being a definite plus---
Let me end my rant on a good note regarding Miley. I truly believe that she has a voice reminiscent of Stevie Nicks, and is a beautiful young lady. She certainly didn't need to resort to shock tactics in my opinion...but then again, I am writing a blog about her. The tweets have to be out of control.
I guess it is officially mission accomplished in the Miley camp.