It’s always hard for a parent to celebrate milestone birthdays with their kids — like turning 18 yrs old — because deep down, we still see them as our adorable little munchkins. It would be so wonderful to be able to scoop him up in my arms, squeeze his cheek next to mine in front of the mirror and say “Who’s so handsome?” – “Me am!” he say smiling proudly.
Except there will be no scooping up a 190 pound- 6 foot- 18-year-old this year.
Instead, I had asked Tony months ago to think about what his 18-year-birthday-wish would be. And I would try hard to make that wish come true.
Tony turned 18 yrs old on St. Patrick’s day. We’ve been talking about it for some time now, and his anxiety was climbing. He was so excited to wake up that day. He rushed into my bathroom and looked straight into the mirror saying “Bigger?” He shower, shaved, and got all dressed up in green. I love it when he understands milestones.
His wish this year was as simple as last year. He only wanted one thing. He wanted to go stay at a hotel. AND he wanted to bring Beau.
Simple, right? Well… kind of.
It took a few phone calls to find a hotel that not only accepts pets — but one that would accept our 100 pound lab! We found one not too far from our house. I booked two adjoining rooms, so Tony feel grown up and independent. I also wanted to make sure he had his own space to set up his DVD’s and books, and have his snacks, yet not be disrupted by any outside noises. It was just how he liked it. A perfect night.
Beau settled in pretty quickly — he got a little TOO comfortable, as you can see. But all in all, it was a great night. Just Tony, his dog, his family (in the next room) and his new DVD collection. And as requested, we picked up Don Pablos chips and salsa, a chicken fajita, popcorn and a gluten-free chocolate cake.
So while Tony and Beau settled into their own room to watch his new World War I, World War II, and Classic Hollywood DVDs, the rest of us were in the adjoining room watching a Harry Potter marathon. What a great way to spend a Saturday night together… well, kind of together.