Tuesday, September 05, 2006
Today is Joshua's 16th birthday. Wow! It's hard to believe my baby started 11th grade today, is learning to drive and is almost all grown up. Those 16 years have flown by quickly. Time moves a lot differently when you become a parent - it speeds up! I'm sure this is a fully documented, clearly explicated scientific phenomenon! When I think back to September 5, 1990, it doesn't seem like it was that long ago. I still remember clearly the hot September day in Winnipeg when I worked a full day, went home and took a nap, then was rudely awakened by a contraction.
This evening we will go out for dinner at Outback. After that, we will go home and have some birthday cake, then watch the Drum Corps International program on ESPN. I hope it's on ESPN's HDTV channel.
Even though it's birthday number 16, the festivities will be fairly low-key. After all, he just got back from Europe a few weeks ago. That trip was his birthday present. Josh is pretty cool with that, as he doesn't really have a wish list of stuff he wants right now. He's got what he needs and pretty much anything that he's wanted: a cell phone, an iPod, a trombone. . . . Next year, however, he'll probably want a car or some other such trinket! We'll deal with that when the time comes. For now, I just want to wish Joshua a happy 16th birthday.