I was going home this week for Thanksgiving. Now I'm not going, but my family is coming here. I'll spend the days with them while they're here for 3 days, I think, and all but one night here. One night I'll probably stay at a hotel with my parents and brother. We'll look at universities in the area during part of the daytime. My brother must be thrilled about being dragged away from home and from the new love of his life so that he can spend Thanksgiving with me.
I should tell you about my brother's latest woman. She's not nor has she ever been a cheerleader. She plays the flute and plays volleyball on our high school's varsity team. She has a GPA of 3.4, which doesn't sound very impressive, but in my high school B's are not given away just for showing up and breathing, so it's actually a better grade point average than it sounds. I don't know her all that well, but I have nothing bad to say about her. She's always seemed nice enough. I'm not exactly sure why she would choose to date my brother, but taste in men or in anything else isn't always something for which it is easy to account.
My brother and I will turn seventeen in early December, and I will go home for that milestone. I don't know what form our celebration or celebrations will take, but it will not be a joint birthday party with our peers where we play "Pin the Tail on the Donkey," eat cupcakes, and drink punch. We did that in first grade, and it was the last joint party we ever had. I won't bore you by decribing it in great detail. I'll only say that it started to go downhill when one of my brother's friends put two tropical fish into the punch. Neither the punch nor the tropical fish survived.
Other birthdays haven't caused me to feel any different than I felt before the big day, so I can't imagine this birthday will be any exception in that regard. I will probably be the only seventeen-year-old in my high school without a driver's license, but some things I can't change. Each year --for that matter each day -- gets me closer to emancipation, but it's still too distant to begin counting days. For that matter, once I take off for college, I'll be emancipated for all intents and purposes. I'd like to leave in June and enroll in a summer session, but it's not likely to be allowed.
Nothing interesting has happened around here lately. My Internet friend Rebecca has been released from the hospital following her surgery and says she is feeling much better, although she is still sore. I hope to hear more from her in the upcoming days.
If anything interesting is happening where you are, please respond in the "comments" section and tell me about it. If vicarious excitment is all that is available, I'll take it.