Birthmonth? This February, for Kaya’s birthday, she went do Disneyland with her Mom, Aunt Melissa, and cousin Gemma, even though Kaya’s birthday was a month later. This meant no big presents. Kaya should be happy, right?
Nope: So for the last couple weeks, every day it’s, “Dad, can we go to Revelation (Fro-Yo)? It’s my birthday this month.” “Dad, can I have ice cream, my birthday is in two weeks!” “Dad, it’s my birthday this Saturday, so can we get dessert?”
Princess Disease: On April 1 (no fooling) she’s getting a roller skate party with friends, she’s being taken out by her grandparents, and then a combined birthday party with family. Her birthday has lasted part of February and all of March. Talk about milking the most out of a birthday.
Ava the “Tween”: Now that our 12-year-old Ava is a “Tween,” she’s getting a little bit more private and moody, and this includes taking a plate of food and eating in her bedroom by herself. Plates accumulate, and she was a habit of not putting them back in the sink. So the other day when I discovered dishes in her room, I took her pillows and blankets and placed them by the dining table and told her, “Alright, Ava, if you want to eat in your bedroom, then you can sleep in the dining room.” Her response? “Dad, you’re not funny!”
Basketball: More basketball in February. Also, found a newspaper clipping of my wife from her high school basketball days, she’s #44. Also, Ava’s 6th Grade Lady Mavs team won the Port Angeles championship. Way to go!
Christmas Skepticism: On Christmas morning Ava asked:
“How come Santa uses the same wrapping paper as Mom and Dad?”
Mom and Dad looked at one another. Gia, still a believer, said:
“Sometimes he needs to borrow wrapping paper after he comes down the chimney.”
Christmas Controversy: I don’t know if the so-called “War on Christmas” is a thing, it seems hyperbole, but evidently there are people offended by “Merry Christmas.” Don’t believe me? Check out the headlines:
War? The iconoclast in me used to say “Merry Stressmas” or “Happy Holidays,” and write “Xmas,” but no more. PC on steroids has gotten out of control, and thus, to be subversive, we must start saying “Merry Christmas” again.
Respect: Even religious holidays can be celebrated as secular. Or not, but that’s an individual choice. When I lived in the Middle East I respected Ramadan though I did not fast. This meant I would not chomp on a falafel in front of the other Middle Eastern teachers at our high school, and partaking an Eid feast with them. Holidays should bring people together, right?
Offense Culture: It’s time to reserve the right to offended…on things that are truly offensive.
Thus I hope that everyone had a Merry Christmas this year, and best wishes for a Happy 2017!
Joke of the Day: Did you hear about the metal/grunge band that went vegan? They’re called Rage Against the Cuisine.
One Photo (Busy Month)
And now, Ava and Gia’s Green Dragons and Kaya’s Purple Sounders, with Halloween photos mixed in: