Athena, Age 12

And clearly thinking about very serious things.

If you feel the need to wish my daughter a happy birthday, I would not look askance upon it.

114 Comments on “Athena, Age 12”

  1. A happy birthday to Athena, and congrats to you, John, on shepherding another living being through 12 years of life. From your postings here, I think the teenage years will not be so hard for you as a parent than they can be for others, although I fully expect Athena to be a lovely and strange teenager in all the best ways!

  2. Happy Birthday, Athena! Your mom and dad are no doubt proud beyond measure to see you growing into such a talented and beautiful young lady.

    And while I have the floor: Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to the Scalzi clan and all my fellow Whateverites!

  3. Happy birthday, Athena. Here’s wishing you an amazing day and a wonderful year. Author’s kids deserve lots of pampering.

  4. Happy 12th birthday, Athena! You share it with a fantastic young man — my own son Paul is 12 today also. The 12 year olds who think about very serious things will be the adults who bring about very serious changes. Don’t stop, either of you!

  5. Happy day-before-my-birthday birthday, Athena (and Paul)! #secretCapricornbuttwiggle

    (To forestall any confusion: I will not be turning 12 this year. I will be turning something considerably larger, with a depressingly round 0 on the end of it. I should ask Scalzi for guidance, since he’s been there recently.)

  6. Wishes for the happiest birthday (so far!) being sent to Athena! Be sure to keep your dad on his toes this year! :)

  7. Happy birthday to a very serious young lady who will more than likely change the world someday!

  8. Happy Birthday, Athena! Also, awesome dragonfly is awesome! ^__^ (Or, I assume it’s a dragonfly on your hand…looks like a dragon fly)

    And while I”m at it, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

  9. Happy birthday! Nice tat. Does this make you a fellow Capricorn? (And yes, it does sort of suck having your birthday this close to Christmas. Mine is January 7).

  10. Athena, may your birthday be happy and full of all the things you treasure, and may you have a wonderful year and many more.

  11. Happy Birthday, Athena. Blessings and best wishes to you in the coming year.

  12. Happy Birthday, Athena!

    (To John and Krissy – I hope she’s less ‘tweeny’ than my sister has been for the 1st 6 months of her 13th year.)

  13. A very Happy Birthday, Athena… these are the really fun years, the best you’ll ever have… fully enjoy them!!!

    I always felt it really sucked to have a birthday so close to Xmas… I mean,dude, you get ALL your gifts for the whole year at one time!! Of course, having far-out future-thinking parents might entitle you to an “imagined, honorary mid-year birthday”… who says you can’t have two birthdays a year??

  14. Happy birthday, Athena!
    When I was in labor, my nurse commented that it was unfortunate my kid would have a birthday in December (yes, that was EXACTLY what I wanted to hear just then). But as it turns out, she likes it – it’s like an entire week of parties for her. Of course, she just turned four years old, so this may change…

  15. Athena! You lucky girl! You got dealt a much better day than my son and I, with our December 24th and 26th respectively.

    Happy Birthday!

  16. Hippo birdie two ewes, hippo birdies two ewe, hippo birdie deer Athena, hippo birdie two ewes!

    Enjoy your day, and don’t forget all the little people you crushed on your way to world domination!

  17. Hi there, Happy Birthday, and hang in there. Trust me, the older you get, the weirder mom and dad will be. It’s ok, you’ll survive.
    P. S. My Samantha thought your song that you posted was WAY COOL!!

  18. Happy Birthday Athena, your a beautiful girl being your own unique person with just enough resemblance to your father and mother. Lovely!

  19. On the cusp of her ‘teens! Happy Birthday to Athena! It has been a joy to have you share her with us!

  20. It is my baby brother’s birthday today also.

    Happy Birthday to the both of you and Happy Holidays to all Whateverettes.

  21. Happy Birthday, chica! I hope you have a great day and I further hope that your father is cool enough that you get birthday presents that are entirely separate from your Christmas presents. Demand equality!

  22. Happy Birthday Athena! I certain your dad got you a pony. You should go ask him for it.

  23. Happy Birthday, Athena. If I interpret your dad’s post right, and today’s your birthday . . . then, FYI, it’s my mom’s birthday today, too. ;-) I’ll be giving her a few presents in a couple of hours, yay! I hope you got yours already.

  24. Happy birthday, Athena. You’re just months away from a very special event. It’s one that happens to women on a monthly basis, and your mother can explain it to you. But, no matter how well she explains it, it will come as a surprise to you. It’s nothing world ending, and it won’t mean you’re a mutant or dying. It does mean that you are coming one step closer to becoming a mother yourself, sometime in the future.

    Enjoy the dwindling days of childhood, for in a year’s time you’ll officially be an adolescent. Enjoy also these brief few days of grace, for when you turn 13 you’ll go through a growth spurt that’ll turn you into a klutz. Nothing to be done about it, for it’s all part of growing up.

    Enjoy also these days, soon to pass, when you’ll not only be mentally superior to boys, but physically superior as well. When you turn 15 boys well enjoy a physical superiority, but it is a rare boy who ever exhibits any sort of mental equality—let alone superiority—to a girl.

    One final bit of advice for you, never underestimate adults. They have more on the ball than you think. Especially your parents. After all, they remember when you ran around the house skyclad, giggling like a loon.

    Happy birthday, and may Christmas be a good one for you and those you love.

  25. Happy birthday, Athena! My birthday is today as well, although I’m a bit older than you! Let’s have a slice of cake for each other. :o)

  26. Happy Birthday, Athena. Yes, 12 is serious business, but don’t forget to just kick back and be completely silly on a regular basis. Trust, me, it does wonders for the mind.

  27. Alan Kellogg:

    Please stop trying to explain puberty, et al to Athena. I know you’re trying to be helpful and mean well, but I don’t think it comes across the way you intend it to. In any event, yes, we’ve got all of that covered.

  28. As is often the case, I manage to wix mords and find myself using a term my teensy brain associates with another.

    Hence, because my one son is a tiger and the other a dragon, I twisted up which year this is in the Chinese cycle. Athena, like my Number One Son, is obviously a tiger, not a dragon. And a doughty one at that, one suspects.

    My apologies and continued wishes for her good health and prosperity.

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