We’re so happy to put 2020 behind us and look forward to new beginnings in 2021. Nothing immediate has changed, and we’re still working and schooling remotely and still facing the stress of this pandemic, but we have a chance to make this year as good as we can.
Last year ended with us all doing things in ways that we would never have predicted… school fully online, no winter indoor sports or gym training, no big family parties, and no staples like going to the movies, or waiting in a crowded line to get into a popular restaurant for a crowded and noisy dinner. Everything we did was quieter, more home-based and with smaller gatherings, etc.
We still had a great Christmas, and stayed up to ring in the New Year (albeit with the slightly creepy and mildly deserted New York Times Square broadcast…). We’ve un-Christmassed the house and it’s been back to “normal” for a few weeks.
Jack’s birthday.!! 🥳🥳🥳
Oh, and this year is the first of the BIG ONEs. 16.
The 16th birthday is more important, I think, for girls, because it’s their ‘sweet’ 16 (I wouldn’t dare call this Jack’s sweet 16 birthday haha), but it is symbolic just the same because now Jack will be old enough to get his driver’s permit. And, in the US and Canada, we think this is a cause for celebration! Yikes! I’ve seen my share of teen-related accidents in my town and even in my neighborhood. Not fun! But, there’s no stopping it.
And, Jack’s girlfriend turned 16 in November AND is driving, so Jack has some catching up to do.
In a few months Jack will take his driver’s permit test. The next available opening is in April, so we have some time to prepare ourselves and Jack has time to study. Those pesky questions about how many feet you need to park away from a fire hydrant (10 I believe?) and how many seconds you need to wait after passing someone before you can pull back in front of them (No seconds actually, you have to wait until you can see both headlights first…) are waiting to trip him up.
But, Jack is determined and has been studying already and also quizzing his friends that have already taken, and passed, their permit tests. He should do fine.
Getting a car will be the other fun task this year. Some things have me wishing it would stay 2020 a bit longer.
One of the things Jack got for Christmas was a shoulder bag (cough, man purse). I wasn’t sure he would like it so naturally I bought two! One for me! And it turns out he did like it. On the way to. Ew York last weekend he came downstairs with it sling around his shoulder cross-body style with the “purse” bag part in the front.
Jack: This is so convenient! Look, I have my phone and my air pods and… I don’t have to dig around in my pockets.
me: And that’s why even carry purses.
Jack: I totally get it now! Everything is literally right here!
Hahahaha, how funny. And Jack also got a rowing machine for Christmas, which sits right in the middle of the living room. So very convenient. Right?
Tomorrow I’ll make Jack’s yearly physical exam which always makes us laugh as we remember the horrors of past appointments and worrying about the dreaded “shots”. There is literally nothing on this earth that Jack was more afraid of than getting a shot. Nothing. The day after an appointment in which he did get a shot in his arm, Jack would start crying about the next year and possibility of another shot. I had to calm him down time and time again. This year we drive past his doctor’s office.
me: (pointing) It’s time.
Jack: (looks over and sees the office building) Noooo.
me: Yep, you have to get your physical soon.
Jack: I am not getting any shots!!!
me: I don’t know about that. It might be time.
Jack: Well I’m not getting the finger prick!
(Umm, you know…The tiny one they give you to take a tiny drop of blood?)
me: Geez Jack, that doesn’t hurt.
Jack: Yes it does. I’m not giving any blood. They can just use my blood from last year.
And, there you have it. Though he’s 6-foot 2, he’s still my little boy.
And it will soon be time for me to change the blog header haha. 11 years! Wow.
Thanks for reading.