Football, Turkeys and Double Digits

the number 10

I have an excuse this time!

Yes, I realized that I disappeared again but this time, I have a good reason.

Let me break this down into where we’ve been and what we’ve been doing during our disappearing act.

UGA Football

The weekend that my Inner Nerd post went up, my son Jake and I were actually in Georgia. I took Jake to see his first real-live-in-person University of Georgia football game. He’s seen the stadium on TV about fifty times but never like what we experienced that day.

So much happened to us that day that I’ll write about it in another post. Let’s just say that it was one of those times in my life when I knew that I was creating moments with my son.

What do they say in that commercial? Football tickets $75, Dinner $20, seeing the look on your son’s face when he sees his first UGA home football game start … priceless.

Turkey Day

So then we get back to town on Monday and the next day, we’re up early in the morning. Jake went to school and I went straight to work. We took a couple of breaks that week for Turkey Day and visiting with family and friends but mostly, I jumped back into work.

I worked out my business plans for 2014 and started working on my latest project – my 10 Day Social Media Challenge. Some days, I feel like Jake. I can’t sit still for long periods of time before I start squirming and need to start working on something new.

Double Digits

The biggest thing that happened during my break was that Jake turned 10. He’s now in double-digits, and me … I’m still celebrating another anniversary of my 29th birthday. I’m still finding it hard to believe that I’m the mother of a child who is in his double digits.

I tried several times to write a post last week about his birthday but nothing really came together. Hence the silence last week. Maybe because its the double digits and thinking about it made me start to feel my age. I don’t know but I just couldn’t put words to paper.

So I started reading some of the old posts I wrote about Jake and his birthdays. There was this one called The Birth of a Parent that I wrote for my writing class:

“If I told you the truth, you wouldn’t have done it.”

That’s how my good friend answered when I asked her why she hadn’t told me the truth about how everything was going to shake out when I gave birth to my son Jake. (read the rest of it here)

A Christmas Story

Then there was this one that I wrote last year about a holiday tradition that was started when Jake was born:

I absolutely positively LOVE the movie A Christmas Story. I’ve even been known to quote lines from the movie like when I was having my Pure Unadulterated Mommy Rant here.

I don’t need to tell you this is great holiday movie — and if you haven’t seen the movie, shame on you! Go rent this and watch it tonight. My reasons for liking this movie are more then just the fact that this movie is so freaking funny that you’re laughing all the way until the very end when they’re eating Christmas dinner in the Chinese restaurant. This movie will always remind me of my son Jake.

As you can tell from last week’s Sunday Funnys: Happy Birthday Jake, my son’s birthday is around Thanksgiving. I can’t remember what year it was but one year, his birthday was actually ON Thanksgiving. We ended up having cupcakes instead of a cartoon character cake because that would have been weird to have birthday cake on Thanksgiving.

So there I was, in the hospital the week of Thanksgiving dealing with the birth of my son. I had an unscheduled c-section so that kept me stuck in a hospital bed for the full week of the Thanksgiving break. In between trying to sleep and learning to take care of a newborn, there really wasn’t much to do except read or watch one of the 15 basic channels on the hospital TV.

It might have been my drugged-out mind but it seemed like almost every time I turned on the TV, A Christmas Story  was on. I never saw the movie from start to finish that week but I’d catch bits and pieces of it depending on what time I’d tune in.

When I had my first real break of downtime at home, I had this overwhelming desire to watch the whole movie. Thankfully I had the DVD in my movie collection. I was so overwhelmed with emotion from the lack of sleep, hormones or whatever, I cried when Flick got his tongue stuck on the pole.

That was the night my holiday tradition started.

In my house, the holidays officially start after the viewing of A Christmas Story. Sometimes my mind goes back to that week in the hospital but mostly I think about how much Jake is like Ralphie. I’ve always suspected that if Jake were to have his thoughts narrated, he’d sound an awful lot like Ralphie when he’s trying to get his parents to buy him a BB gun.

But not just any BB gun, it was an Official Red Ryder Carbine-Action Two-Hundred-Shot Range Model Air Rifle. I even imagine his voice is the same as the guy who does the voice-over in the movie while Jake walks around the house telling these stories in his head.

Over the years, the tradition has grown to a set of holiday movies that I watch every year before New Year’s Eve. The rest can be watched in no particular order:

Bad Santa

How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Jim Carey version)


The Santa Claus

Fred Claus

And I have a copy of the holiday shows: Frosty the Snowman, Rudolf the Red-nose Reindeer and Santa Claus in Coming to Town

Is it just me or does anyone else have a holiday tradition like this?

Photo credit: 10-10-10

8 thoughts on “Football, Turkeys and Double Digits

  1. My brother made me watch A Christmas Story a few years ago when he found out that if never seen it.
    Yeah… I don’t get it.
    Don’t hate me!!
    I do watch White Christmas when I sit down to wrap presents. I’m usually done right before the finale and is just sit back and let it wash all over me!
    Growing up we watched Scrooged after Thanksgiving and that kicked off our Christmas season!

    • I’m surprised that you didn’t get that one, especially since you have a boy. BUT maybe Jake is more like the main character than Mr T is. I can totally relate to that movie because it reminds me of my kid.

      I also watch ELF when I decorate the house, that’s a new tradition but one that I’ve done for about 4 years.

      AND how funny was that Elf/shelf pin? I saw your posts about the Elf stuff and had to send that one to you 🙂

      • It was hysterical!!! I died laughing when I saw him all taped to the wall with the other toys holding him hostage!!

        And, I know – my brother couldn’t understand why I didn’t like it either, as he LOVED the movie. I just remember thinking that everyone was so mean to the kid. It hurt my heart to watch it.

        I love Elf! “Watch out! The yellow ones don’t stop!!” Okay, another story about my brother… this would be last Christmas (right before he took the bad turn for the worse, but by then he had moved back in with mom and dad as he wasn’t allowed to live on his own) so they were watching TV and mom told him “you need to call Kate, tell her Elf is on” Lee looked at her and said “Do you really think that she isn’t already watching it?” I was already watching it! 🙂

    • You should put that one on your list to watch this holiday season. I love all the 1950’s stuff, it takes me back to the simple time and the main character (Ralphie) reminds me of my son.

  2. As you know my older boy is a few month behind Jake and I have thought about him turning 10 a bit. It seems like a milestone.
    I would love to go back to PSU and watch a game. There was nothing like being in college and watching a game. It was so much fun. Some of the reasons are not suitable for the blog. Anyway, I hope you guys had an awesome time at the game.

    • That’s right, your oldest is going to be double digits too! It does feel like we’re moving into another stage – and it’s making me feel older.

      Jake has been asking me for years to go to a game and I would always say, “you need to be older, like 10.” So guess what he asked me to do for his 10th birthday? It really was a blast and I’ll take him again if I can work it out. Stay tuned for Friday’s post with more game details 🙂

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