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.
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.
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.
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:
How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Jim Carey version)
The Santa 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