My son Samuel turned 11 this past weekend. 11 is a big one, but at that age they’re all exciting. When you get to my age? Not so exciting. He was so excited to turn 11, he says he’s a tween now, whatever that is. And he’s starting junior high in the fall, so my little boy is definitely growing up.
We started the day by going to the Springvale Library book sale. You’re probably saying, Hey Dad, you sure know how to party. But we both love books and it was a perfect way to start his birthday. All we got was a copy of the first Harry Potter book to replace ours, which is worn out from being read so many times.
Then I took Sam and his friend to see Spider-Man: Homecoming (See? I’m fun!) at Smitty’s. It was an excellent summer flick, fun and exciting. I’m not sure if it was my favorite Spider-Man movie, because I liked the Tobey Maguire series, but it was definitely the most fun. Definitely the type of movie you want to see more than once.
After that it was home for cake and presents. Samuel is a huge fan of the Percy Jackson series of books and my wife made a Percy Jackson-themed cake, with orange frosting and a trident on top. The cake itself was blue, also a Percy Jackson thing.
For presents he got some great gifts, including the entire Psych television series (I think we are equally excited about this one), money, gift cards, a bike, and painting supplies.
The painting supplies were because we often watch Bob Ross at bedtime, because his painting show is the best sleep aid known to man. Forget sleeping pills, forget sounds of the ocean – if you have trouble sleeping, watch an episode or two of Bob Ross’s Joy of Painting at bedtime. It’s on both Netflix and Amazon Prime. You’ll thank me.
Bob Ross’s paintings are great, and Sam decided that he wanted to try painting. We bought him an easel, paints, brushes, canvas – pretty much everything he needed to start. And on Sunday he painted his first picture. It is the forest from the Percy Jackson books, near a river and under a full moon. He did a fantastic job, especially for his first painting. I’m seriously impressed and I think he’s proud of how good the painting turned out.
So that was my son’s birthday. Lots of fun, and Samuel was really happy. And one last thing about his birthday that made him very happy – that blue cake? It turned his poop blue.
Yes, it’s great being 11.