Turning 21 in America

Birthday balloon for 21

Turning 21 in America is a rite of passage. It means you are now legally able to order, consume and purchase alcohol. It means you get a new driver’s license that proclaims that fact. It means you have joined the adult community at large. It scares the hell out of many parents (my husband included) and rightfully so because you now worry about your kid drinking and driving. You worry about this a lot.

So, with two designated drivers at her side, my eldest ordered her first legal drink at Oscar’s Oysters in downtown Colorado (nice food, great bar atmosphere by the way) – a cosmopolitan.

Liz's first cosmo

We had a great party, ate great seafood, made speeches (wait, that was just me), and had pie without candles because Liz prefers pie and the wind was simply not cooperating. We had glow necklaces, which make it easier for your designated drivers to keep an eye on you (I learned that trick at my own bachelorette party, where I had to wear a white feather boa).

Making glow necklaces for the birthday girl

Then, the birthday girl’s aunt gave her some strict guidelines for safe alcohol consumption. That or more likely a list of the best drinks on the planet – she’s a savvy ex bartender. I stayed out of the discussion. I thought that appropriate.

Strict guidelines are passed on

… and this morning?

She woke fresh and bright as a daisy. Had a huge sandwich and more water and went back to bed.

I swear, it’s so unfair.

P.S. I’m proud of you, my girls.

fourteenergirl Written by:

A mother, sister, wife, and daughter who writes, knits, hikes, and practices yoga on the west coast. Loves a zippy chardonnay or a tart margarita!

One Comment

  1. g-mom
    July 2, 2010

    Cute earrings – looks like Navajo jewelry. Matches the drink. But it is not possible for me to have a legal drinking age granddaughter. But, I love her and am very proud of her. lol

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