mrchad9 wrote:SoCalHiker wrote:Mountain Impulse wrote:And the kid was ready to drop his mom and let her fend for herself-that's determination.
I would not call this "determination". I would take him aside and lecture the 9-year old something about priorities and social values.
+1! When I read that I thought this kid was a bit of a jerk, to put it mildly!
I said this kinda tongue in cheek although admittedly there's no way to tell from my wording. No, I don't really believe a kid should leave his mom in the lurch for the sake of.....anything. On the other hand, the kid could get mixed signals from her actions after his threat to go on without her. One, she was apparently motivated to follow instead of saying "Trent, how could you even think about leaving your own mother you little...." Second, she was apparently not bothered by his lack of concern for her because on the summit she "cried like a baby" for her son's achievement.