We adopted Paul at birth. We converted him to Judaism and he attended Hebrew School for eight years. All of this culminated in his Bar Mitzvah in June. This was never a dream of mine because it was way beyond the scope of what I thought would be possible in my life as a gay man. Additionally, he did an amazing job and read extra prayers at the service because he ended up being a top student! One of the happiest days of my life occurred in 2016.
And then we threw a party! And we did not go into debt! That’s the other miracle! Family and friends partied the night away at the Water Club in Manhattan, it was literally the greatest party ever thrown! It was also the year of The Dab!
We could not have hoped for a more perfect day.
Paul also made us proud in 2016 by producing some amazing grades. Applying to high schools in NYC is a very competitive sport, and Paul achieved a 96 average across the board in all subjects, major and minor (this is without the extra two points they get for being in the Honor’s program). I am bragging, and I am also sharing that this is important as it gives us the best possible choices for high school admissions. Let me also remind my readers that none of the two above situations happened without a tremendous amount of work and stress. But we pulled it off!
Paul also spent the Summer at sleep away camp. He had a blast in the country, and the dads had a much needed rest! We may have done some of the resting at the local discount shopping malls!
2016 was also the fifth year in a row that we were able to go to Walt Disney World! It was our fourth Disney Social Media Moms conference, and as always we had a blast as a family.
I am grateful for the support of family and friends for helping us through this year, and every year. I am focusing on the positive: there were also some tough times in 2016, job losses, and some political shake-ups, dwelling on those do not help anyone, so we are going to keep working hard and hope for a great 2017!
HAPPY NEW YEAR!