Emily turned 14 this month. It’s interesting how you approach birthday parties as you get older. Where Emily used to want presents like Barbie dolls, she now wants presents like gift cards and money and cellphones. Gift cards are in the realm of possibilities but cellphones are not. I know, I know – I’m a mean Dad and behind the times and everyone her age has a cell phone now. Well, all those things may be true but I simply don’t see any reason for a 14 year old to have a cell phone and engage in incessant insipid texting.
Emily is beyond the age of getting “friend” parties so she got a small family party. Although being 14 is an awkward age, it’s still always fun to blow out candles and open presents. At least it is until you hit age 40. At that age, it’s not quite so fun to blow out candles.