Monday, January 12, 2009

He Can Now Be Tried As An Adult

We began Alexx's birthday celebration at 6:15 this morning by sneaking into his room and silly-stringing him. That was fun!

And what did I say he would do? Yep - he washed off his van before leaving for school! What a stick in the mud. But I believe he was loving it just the same ...

Nana and Papa (my parents) came down for the night to celebrate with us, and we had a fun evening.

There are always plenty of hugs for Nana:

Alexx picked up his love for rock music from his parents, and he has evolved from there. He is now extremely knowledgeable about the entire genre and taught himself how to play drums after Sean gave him his old drum set and showed him a few things. He now has his own band - based very noisily in our basement, of course:

For his birthday, we are spending next weekend in Cleveland to visit the Rock Hall of Fame - which is a place he's wanted to visit for a long time. It was a surprise, so for his gift, we bought him a Beatles t-shirt and I wrote this and put them together in a gift bag:

Johnny Cash was called the Man in Black
James Brown was the Godfather of Soul;
Eric Clapton is sometimes called Slowhand,
Elvis was the King of Rock and Roll.

Ike and Tina got in the year you were born,
the new millennium brought in James Taylor;
There’s been the Eagles, the Bee Gees, Pink Floyd, and Bowie,
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.

From Allman Brothers to ZZ Top,
from ‘86 to 2009;
there have been over 200 honored so far,
this could be Metallica’s year to shine.

Do you wanna check out the best of the best,
and imagine what it would be like to be ‘em?
Pack your bags, pack a smile, clear your schedule for next weekend,
‘Cause we’re going to the Rock Hall of Fame and Museum!

So we have an 18-year-old son! He is a great kid, and we're so grateful for his faith in God and time and energy he spends as a member of our church family. Right now he is doing an internship with the junior and senior high pastors as part of his senior year and is hoping to coordinate a concert of local bands for a small charity benefit for his senior institute project.
I feel like my time with him is dwindling; and I just hope and pray that I've done enough of the right things in parenting him.
Happy Birthday, dude!

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