The Jeremy Chronicles Part I the First Ten Years

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This is a running essay of my son Jeremy's life. I started writing this when he was 18 months old and have periodically contributed to it since then. I guess it was a blog before blogs became popular only it was on paper instead of online. I decided to end Part I when he turned 10 yrs and will continue to write it as a Part II. Enjoy!
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  “Like a Bull“Like a BullIn aIn aChina Shop”China Shop” TheTheJeremyJeremy C h r o n i c l e sC h r o n i c l e s Part I: T H E F I R S T T E N Y E A R S This running  essay is being written byMargie Jimenez (Jeremy’s Mom)  “LIKE A BULL ..........................................................................................................................................1IN A ............................................................................................................................................................1CHINA SHOP” ...........................................................................................................................................1C H R O N I C L E S ..................................................................................................................................1 Chapter 1 Who knew? ............................................................................................................................................ 3..................................................................................................................................................................................4Chapter 2 - 2001 and he’s off!..................................................................................................................................................................................5Chapter 3 - Spring, 2001- 3rd Birthday ................................................................................................................ 7Chapter 6 - Summer, 2002 – Four years old already? .......................................................................................11Chapter 7 - Winter, 2002 – Hyperactive??? .......................................................................................................14Chapter 8 - Winter/Early Spring, 2003- I can read! ..........................................................................................16Chapter 9 - Spring 2003- Preparing for school… ..............................................................................................17Chapter 10 - Fall, 2003—First Day of School ....................................................................................................18Chapter 11 - Fall, 2003 – School Days! ...............................................................................................................19Chapter 12 - Winter, 2003-4 – Brrrrrr! ..............................................................................................................21Chapter 13 - June, 2004 – School Year Over Already?! ....................................................................................22Chapter 14 - July, 2004 – Summer Vacation! .....................................................................................................23Chapter 15 – School Year, 2004 – 2005 ...............................................................................................................25Family Crisis – Spring 2005 ................................................................................................................................25Chapter 16 – 2nd grade already? ......................................................................................................................28 12300727.doc12300727.doc 2  Chapter 1 Who knew? Children are the most precious gifts one received from above. They fill ourlives with unspeakable joy. They truly are wonderful and our lives areenriched because of them. However there is one thing that is amazing to meas a parent of two kids…how truly different they can be!Why do I say this? Well, I draw my comparisons of how they were and are inthe stage of Toddlerhood. My daughter, Rebekah, is now six and my sonJeremy is 18 months old. Now I may be nearing 40 but I don’t think memoryloss starts this early in life and as I recall at 18 months of age Rebekah wasstill sugar and spice and everything nice. At this same age, Jeremy is, well,“ like a bull in a china shop  ” to say the least.I don’t recall seeing Rebekah take my pots and pans out of the cabinets anddragging them across the kitchen floor. She never threw my flatware in thetrashcan or hid my vegetables under the sofa. She certainly didn’t spill ordisperse everything and anything all over the place. Thank God for spill-proof cups! I’m not saying she was a perfect toddler but clearly if she haddone any of these things in the magnitude that I’m experiencing them now Icertainly would not have forgotten it.Jeremy has done all these things and more. At one year of age, he washolding Mommy’s hand as he still had difficulty walking. In less than a monthafter his birthday, 13 months or less to be approximate, before ourastonished eyes he became a cross between “The Roadrunner” and “Dennisthe Menace”. I’ve found crayons in my VCR. He likes turning the TV on andoff repeatedly. Apparently the word “No!” doesn’t register with him yet. Hesits himself in front of our computer, and begins to type and move the mousearound like a pro. When I check the monitor to see what damage he’scausing, I find the screen has been adjusted in a way that looks like themirrors in a funhouse. He’s written on my walls and on my wood floors withcrayon, pencil, marker, you name it, he’s used it as a writing tool. He evenmanaged to turn on the dishwasher, which for the life of me I haven’t beenable to figure out how to use in five years! 12300727.doc12300727.doc 3  He’s become quite a climber too. He has figured out that if you throw thetrashcan on the floor and stand on it, it serves as a great step to climb ontothe high chair. Once in the high chair those previously unreachable objectsare no longer inaccessible. Imagine my near “heart attacks” from finding himready to topple over from his newfound heights. I’ve found him on thekitchen table, on the desk, and attempting to jump on the bed like anacrobat.Where does an 18-month-old find the wits, wherewithal and oomph toattempt these maneuvers? You got me! But one thing I can say, nothing issafe around here any longer, not when Jeremy a.k.a. “The Bull” is running thehousehold. Oops! I mean, running around the house.Now if I can just prevent him from figuring out how to open therefrigerator… 12300727.doc12300727.doc 4
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