When they were little, Keith and I used to say "Someday we'll have three teenagers." It sounded ominous, but it turned out to be a really great time in our lives. We have had three wonderful teenagers since Holly turned thirteen in late 2004.
The first time they left together I took a picture. They were walking to Circle K, two blocks away, to get sodas. The boys had been that far before, to a shop that sold baseball cards and collectibles. The owner had some toys he would sell to very little kids for a quarter or a dime, and some gaming cards, too.
This time, though, they wanted to take Holly. It seemed they were going a hundred miles away and would be gone a week. Of course, it was only a few hundred yards and they were back in fifteen minutes.
A few months ago, they left again. It wasn't the same house, but it was the three of them leaving and me taking a photo from the front yard.
It seemed they were going a hundred miles away and would be gone a week. Of course, it was ten miles and they were back in seven or eight hours.
Tomorrow Kirby will be twenty years old.
Keith said when people at work are negative about having teens, he thinks it's just their loss for not knowing our teens.
The family together for my birthday, 7/24/06