Steel called me out on a social media post from last week. He was commenting on how I was “celebrating Jameson’s First Shark Week*.” He said since Jameson won’t remember his first Shark Week, I was really celebrating MY first Shark Week with Jameson.
Guilty. And further more, I’m not apologetic.
This is not the first “first” that we’ve celebrated. And I will admit that it’s more for my enjoyment at this point but so what?! Isn’t that one of the perks of becoming a grandparent? I certainly think so. So this time it was Shark Week. And although Jameson won’t remember it, he had a great time!
I’ve been planning this for a while. (All important traditions require preparation.) Jameson had 2 different outfits with sharks (Osh-Kosh overalls of course) to wear for the occasion. We purchased these months ago and fortunately, they still fit. We also created some special snacks for Shark Week viewing. (None of which Jameson can consume at this stage.)
For the past several weeks (of summer vacation) some of the neighbor girls have been helping me catch up on my kid movies. (I was woefully behind since my own children grew up.) Each week the girls come over and we watch a couple of movies on a required viewing list they created for me last fall. We call these “Movie Days.”
Since the girls we coming over during Shark Week (and they had never participated in a “Shark Week”) I decided to combine the two events. I have to admit they were a little leery at first, but they soon became interested in the shows (and I daresay learned a few things about sharks too. They admitted to me that their prior knowledge of sharks consisted of things they learned from Finding Nemo, Finding Dory and Moana.) While the youngest went home a little early I think the two older girls enjoyed the programming.
Next year will be the 30th Anniversary of Shark Week so we’ll have to do something really special. In the meantime, I’m preparing for more of Jameson’s “firsts” (my first trip to Disneyland with Jameson.)
*Shark Week is an annual, week-long TV programming block created by the Discovery Channel, which features shark-based programming. Shark Week originally premiered on July 17, 1988.