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.
Oh, my sons would’ve loved this. Heck, they still would. I’ll have to see if we have anything like this around us. Thanks for the idea!
You got it. Let me know how it goes.
How was the conference?
Great. Just finished with it. Thanks.
OMG – Jake would be SO jealous!!! He wanted one of those game trucks for his birthday last year. And a Minecraft cake?!?!?! You guys are the BEST PARENTS EVER 🙂
Yes, indeed. We don’t even beat the children.
Anyway, Jake never responded to the invite. He could have come. I’m sure he would have fit in perfectly.
Happy Birthday! Looks like you were enjoying more than the kids.
I definitely had fun too!
Sweet! As a fellow dad blogger and spouse of someone in the video game industry, I’d say you nailed it. And I need to be taking notes.
It sounds like he had a wing ding of a birthday party, and I find that to be fantastic. Being a technology freak myself, I can understand him having the ball of his life with computer games and friends.
I haven’t seen the movie Enough Said, because it takes years for an American movie to get to Germany, but maybe I’ll buy it over Amazon Germany in the DVD form.
Anyway Happy 10 year Birthday to BR. In another ten years, he will be 20 and let us hope that he will look back on his tenth birthday and say, Wow! That was great.
Have a great weekend.
Because we live in the rural land of nothingness, I don’t think video game trucks exist here. We do have a lot of tractors and livestock trucks, however.
If Caleb knew such a think existed, he would be begging to experience this. Way to go!
What a terrific business idea! Whoever came up with that truck is a genius. And definitely well done to Mrs. MMK. When my oldest turns 10 next year I’ll have to see if there is a counterpart truck for Disney princesses!
Forget the kids, my boyfriend would love that!! Sounds like everyone had a great time. Please extend birthday wishes to BR. 10 is a big year.
Some of the dads – including me – enjoyed it as well.