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23 December 2005 @ 10:59 am
Gavi's birthday!  

So of course I forgot to mention the most important new bit: precious Gavriella peanut turned thirteen on Tuesday. (A teenager! Oy! Though she is, as of yet, showing few of the classic signs thereof.) Gavi and Susan and Susan's mom and I spent the day in celebratory activities and much fun was had by all. (I had threatened to take her to one of those restaurants where all the waitstaff come to your table and embarrass you horribly by singing something at you while all the other patrons look on and smile, but we didn't do that.) I believe Gavi felt suitably honored.

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Carol Kennedycakmpls on December 23rd, 2005 05:30 pm (UTC)
Well, I've had four teenagers (B is 22, E is almost 22, P is almost 19, and R just turned 15), and my experience has been that there is no "classic" teenager. R has some of the stereotypical traits, but she also has aspects of maturity far beyond what one expects of a 15-year-old (even her therapist says so!). One experience some parents talk about is their wonderful child turning into a different person. We haven't seen that with any of them; they all stayed the person they had always been--some traits strengthened and some lessened, but nothing new and horrifying. I'll bet you'll have a similar experience, as I think it's just slightly possible that if a child is respected as the person he/she is, rather than being forced into a parental mold, there isn't much to rebel against in the teen years.
Carol Kennedycakmpls on December 23rd, 2005 05:30 pm (UTC)
P.S. Congratulations to Gavi and parents!
Fighting Crime with a Giant Dandelion Since 2013pameladean on December 23rd, 2005 05:39 pm (UTC)
Happy belated birthday to Gavi. And, indeed, congratulations to you and Susan.

My mother was worried that she wouldn't like us as much as teenagers (she figured she'd love us, but she was worried about liking us), but she found that it was her favorite time, other than having kids who were adults.

P.
Carol Kennedycakmpls on December 23rd, 2005 05:59 pm (UTC)
I like teenagers in general. In some ways (but not others), my favorite parenting time was when we had three young kids, between Patrick's and Rachel's arrivals. But I have very much enjoyed having teens and young adults.
Liana: comic metezliana on December 23rd, 2005 06:27 pm (UTC)
Woo! Happy belated birthday to Gavi!
starstraf on December 23rd, 2005 07:50 pm (UTC)
13? How did that happen?
A monstrous ramblingbibliofile on December 23rd, 2005 09:35 pm (UTC)
Is it me, or were Fred & Susan actually childless at one point? Or even just talking about getting married?

Happy B-day to Gavi! And good on you for not embarrassing her public with lots of help.
Emma Bull: snirchcoffeeem on December 23rd, 2005 10:04 pm (UTC)
Bibliofile, we aren't old. It's the time travel that's confusing you.

Gavi makes a most splendid teenager. I bet that will continue to be true for, oh, seven years or so.
dd-bdd_b on December 23rd, 2005 11:15 pm (UTC)
Well, I have some memory of a guy who went by "Fred Haskell" sometime in the mid-Cretaceous, I think it was.
songs in the key of me: DookyWeb Animechorus on December 24th, 2005 06:08 am (UTC)
No way!

*counts*

Uh.

Well, um. Happy (belated) birthday to Gavi...

And good luck with the teenage years. (That can apply to all of you.)
Skylarker: Space Finskylarker on December 27th, 2005 08:18 pm (UTC)
Happy Birthday to Gavi!