Neil was a mama's boy.
As an infant, he cried a lot when she wasn’t around, leaving his Father with a migraine. Thomas at the time didn't mind the ringing in his ears, Neil was still his darling baby boy.
As a toddler, Neil was a hugger and vocal. He loved to point at items and make some sort of noise he assumed were words. His mother would praise him for simply making a sound, his father taught him what words to use.
As a young kid, Neil was always interested in his mother's cooking, always asking for what meals they had so he could watch her cook. She would let him mix batters or flatten cookies with her too. Thomas told his wife his son had better things to do than make cookies. But then he was given a cookie by Neil and he smiled.
Neil’s mom had sewn him a simple stuffed toy, a rabbit with a blue ribbon, which he had since he was an infant. At the age of 6, Thomas threw it away and gave him a soccerball and an aeroplane.
At age 7, he was admitted to Welton. He cried for his mother, he hugged her waist tightly and Thomas had to pull them apart. He picked up Neil (for the last time) and hugged him. "Make us proud." He told a young Neil.
In middle school, Neil was hyper and boisterous, that's how he met Charlie. They often cause trouble around Welton. Neil's mother sent a letter after hearing this and asked Neil to behave or else his father would go there and discipline him. Neil had mixed emotions. He loved his mother... but he feared his father more.
In high school, Neil’s a star student, racking up top grades alongside Cameron, joining Sports like Charlie, and being in fancy clubs like Knox. Neil was told by his parents that this made them proud. Neil just wanted to stay home, to rest, to feel safe and sound like when he was younger. But his mother stopped being affectionate.
His mother barely hugs him now, she barely asks for his help in the kitchen (even if he does do it anyway), and she barely asks for a call from him now.
His father was quite the opposite. His father was always on his case. Knox thought it was natural, or paternal, Charlie knows its manegerial and authoritative.
Neil didn't wanna stop being a mama's boy.
But he has grown to be his Father's dutiful son.