My son turned 14 today. And he started 9th grade a few weeks ago. He is always the youngest in his class, but has always been ready for school. For the first day, we have do a photo on the front steps of our house. Although, as I went back through the years, not only did I get sentimental looking at how teensy he was compared to the young man who is now almost as tall as me - I realized that we didn't do his first day of school photos on the stairs every single year like I always thought we did. Funny how your mind plays tricks on you. [envira-gallery id="13804"] Which is one of the reasons I am "donating" a post on my kid's birthday for one of my favorite free services, Signup.com (formerly VolunteerSpot). I have worked with these guys as a designer, and used their site both as an organizer and a volunteer and I love how they help me stay on track.
Last week, we celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary. Many people say this, but it feels like just yesterday *and* forever ago - all at the same time. We married here in Denver, a little while after we moved and it's fun to think about how young and optimistic we were then. We may be more cynical and jaded now, but in many ways, we still work on our marriage just as hard as day one. Some things get easier over the years, some harder. For example - we literally have talked about everything. What is there left to say after all this time? Well, for one, we recently chatted about how we make our marriage work so I could write one of these condescending posts about it. Look... We know every marriage is different. We've seen some couples split for reasons I could not explain, and people stay together for no good one. No judgements here, just some suggestions from two goofballs who still lean on each other as heavily now as they did two decades ago.
We started appreciating local Denver bands as soon as we moved to Denver, over 22 years ago. One of our favorites was Psychodelic Zombiez, a rock, funk, soul, pop, everything but the kitchen sink band that I can't tell you how many times we have seen live. Sadly, the guys stopped playing together over a decade ago. So you can imagine how excited we were for a Psychodelic Zombiez reunion show at the Bluebird right after Christmas. The place was packed; fans still remembered all the songs and shouted the lyrics. Even better, long-time Denver music scene man Andy Rok and his new band, The Real Deal, opened the show. Every concert around Christmas feels like a holiday party - but this one felt like an actual present.
You just have to take a trip down memory lane when your son becomes a teenager.