Emily turned 16 yesterday. It was a lovely, fun, sweet day, which is perfect for a lovely, fun, sweet young lady.
She was excused from almost all younger brother care – she had to share her banana, but didn’t change a single diaper all day.
Her birthday gift from me isn’t quite done… they are something called “green screen gloves” which she needs for some fancy video thing. Emily can turn anything into a video, but these gloves apparently give her some sort of invisibility powers. Please note the video camera checking out the gloves that aren’t even done yet 🙂 !!
So since the gloves weren’t done, we used that as an excuse to go to the mall, just Emily and me. I think it’s been years since we went clothes shopping for her at a mall (and then out for lunch)… it wiped me out but we found jeans that fit and a few other cute but appropriate things for school-school this fall.
But then, the highlight of the day. Papa took her driving on the high school driving range. She’s never been behind the wheel of a car before, so this was interesting. She claims that she did great, but Papa’s not saying anything, which is unusual for him.
Then cake after dinner, with Jane and AJ and the cousins. I have to tell you about her birthday last year. She had come home from Interlochen Arts Academy with H1N1 and was immediately put into quarrantine in Jane’s basement (not as bad as it sounds, really…)… Finally, on the evening of her 15th birthday last year, she’d not had a fever for 24 hours, so we let her come up to have dinner with us and do the cake thing. You know, like blow out the candles.
Big mistake. Two brothers and two cousins got H1N1 a couple of days later. You know, when you think about it, blowing out candles is kind of gross… oh well. It’s not like it’s a tradition we’re going to abandon just because of a few germs.
Poor Dixon and Sam had to miss the celebration… but Emily talked to them and distributed dessert at the same time. 16 year olds are good at multitasking like that. Sam was most interested in the driving part… “How many mailboxes did you take down, Emily???” You know, I missed out on a lot of grief by not having brothers 🙂 .