Poor child has endured pinatas, mariachi music and lively celebrations with accompanying foods, drinks and merriment for most of her birthdays. But this year it will be different....the edict was passed down to the adults. She and 10 of her current best friends, which could change in the blink of an eye or at the change of the weather, are going to go bowling. Errrck, screeeetch, sounds of brakes being applied like in the cartoons. What??????
Apparently what was once cool is cool again. Who woulda thunk it? Of course we must remember that I am old and she is 12 going on to ........ live another day but just barely. She and her posse are going to need adult supervision according to the bowling alley (duh). I mean who in their right minds would let that many prepubescent kids be unsupervised??? But then I used to work with kids this age so there is the teacher in me screaming. "oh yeah, I get it". Since Ms. GK wants to have it on a Saturday night because that is so much cooler that during the day and her Mom works a killer shift on Saturdays and will be dog tired, Pop and I are going to go and be cool by staying in the background and not embarrassing her. Her words not mine. But the old saying about waving a red flag in front of a bull isn't lost on this situation. Now I will need to reign in Sweet Man....so make that 12 kids to tend.
I also want to share one of our recent conversations about who she is. She adores school. Has some favorite and quirky teachers and interacts with kids in a "non-dryer" kind of way which makes her alternative. Dryer? I asked. Yeah, you know like I'm not a setting on a dryer, as in normal! So there you have it. When I was in school, one aspired to be normal, average, but not my darling GK she is not a Dryer. Because she has "tended", her little brother with his interesting and loveable quirks, she is also very kind to those that really aren't dryers. There is a young man in her class who is very sensory assaulted all the time. She made him her Natural History Museum partner in their field trip yesterday. He protested saying that he really liked another girl....who in a very dryer like way shuns him. But GK assured him that they would have fun. So he gave in to GK's proposal and they did have a great time.
I can remember when her Mom turned 13 and went to school that morning my sweet little girl and then in the afternoon some other kid showed up instead. It happened just that fast. For GK it happened right after the Science Bowl. It's not a bad thing. She has learned independence and has a mind of her own. I wouldn't want it any other way. But it sure makes for some entertaining and character building time for all of us at Casa de Cuckoo as we all live up to the non dryer status she has given us. We are alternative, dude.
She is still a sweet girl (both of them are) and I will look forward to being a fly on the wall at her party. I don't know these kids, but I know all about them. So it will be interesting to see how the drama du jour plays out.
Asked GK what she wanted for her birthday. She said surprise me. Not a big old list of things but rather "surprise me". We gave her as one of her gifts, a class given by the University of New Hampshire that will be in July. The class is Harry Potter as Story Telling. Harry Potter has been an integral part of GK's life in books, books on tape, movies and she knows it all almost by heart. When the opportunity came to my attention, I asked her if she would be interested and she was so excited. I think she was one of the first to sign up for the class. If you have someone between 4th and 8th grade that you think might enjoy an intriguing look at comparative literature, creative writing, story telling or just love Harry Potter, I recommend you go to this link and just listen to the professor, James Krasner. He is so funny and interesting. I can hardly wait. What, you couldn't possibly have thought I wasn't going to play too??? I love me some Harry Potter. We also have a few other surprises for her that I am sure she will love.
I am so blessed to have the opportunity to be a part of this kind of activity. Don't think I don't realize this. This is the best part of my life....every morning I remind myself of that fact.
These are some of my favorite photos of GK:
|look at the toes of excitement all clenched.....|
|at a Ren Faire being the princess she is destined to be|