Oh, geeze! Masculine “pride” is a dangerous thing when it asserts itself in inappropriate ways and times. Don’t drag your unwilling kid along just because YOU don’t want to admit to getting older. Shirley has more than her fair share of faults, but I can see where her motherly over-protectiveness might well have run into your foolish masculine pride, and wanting to make a “man” out of your little boy before his time. Perhaps it wasn’t ALL her.