Have you seen the movie Enough Said? One issue brought up in the movie was parents dealing with children moving away to college.
Last week, BR, our oldest turned 10. He‘s not quite ready for the hallowed ivy of university life. He’s bright, but he’s not Doogie Howser.
Anyway, the movie made me think about the passing of time. My first born is in double digits. At some point, he too will walk out the door. It seems almost unbelievable to me.
I can’t say it seems just like yesterday BR was born. There have been too many laughs, frustrations, and challenges for it to feel like just yesterday. More than anything, the love I feel and the changes in my life since he was born have been nearly indescribable.
I am not going to regale you with some teary eyed list of memories or thoughts about my growing child as he enters a new phase.
It’s this simple: I am a parent. I have a child. My life has changed. My reason for living has changed.
And my son is my blessing.
How did we celebrate the big one oh?
Well, we gave him possibly the greatest birthday of all time. No exaggeration.
Put yourself into the shoes of a 10 year old. Actually, BR wears Crocs, but that’s another story. What does a 10 year old boy love?
BR is a video game fanatic (so is SJ, for that matter). He goes on playdates and brings his Kindle. His friends come here and do the same. They will play Minecraft (BR even plays Minecraft with his brother!) for hours and be thrilled (Minecraft Playdate).
Whether it’s Minecraft or Madden, Skylanders or NBA 2K, I’m sure the boys you know in that age group are similarly wired.
So, video games had to be included in the party. CHECK.
Add cake and pizza to satisfy BR’s complex cuisine choices. CHECK AND CHECK.
Let me run down the details for you.
Game Away is a company which bills themselves as a mobile video game theater. That’s right – a 32-foot truck with FIVE widescreen high-def TVs and up to 20 people can play at once was parked was parked in front of our house. Game Away also sends a Game Coach who sets up the game, helps the kids with the games, and oversees the kids to encourage fun.
My son got to invite up to 20 people to play video games within an awesome, comfortable truck. What 10-year-old would not love that?
Shoot, I was impressed. In fact, all the fathers who either dropped off or picked up their kids were impressed. We all wanted to get on the truck.
It was a blast. BR was over-the-top happy. Trying to get him calmed and to bed was challenging, but it was worth it.
Oh yeah, we had pizza and cake after the boys got off the truck.
Mrs. MMK made a Minecraft birthday cake. Of course. Some of the kids said it was the best cake ever. Those kids made Ms. MMK’s day.
More importantly, the whole thing made BR’s day.
Happy birthday buddy. I love you and enjoy seeing you grow and learn each day. I am not ready for you go to college yet.