Date: July 27, 2010 04:41 pm Title: Cecelia Halpert, Age 9
This is a great story! I just have to say, I remember with each of my three kids when they started transitioning away from mommy and I was mom, with my 9 yr old it's still not a complete transition but I do know that each time it is absolutely heartbreaking to me! Gtreat way you cptured that here. Also, I LOVE how you have kept Jim and Pam's relationship and romance alive and fresh even with kids and many years having passed! Great Job!
Date: July 07, 2010 02:59 pm Title: Cecelia Halpert, Age 16
so, random, buuuuuuut... here is a link where you can create and print out an "in case of emergency" card. i really think that everyone should have one of these. ESPECIALLY teenagers who are driving.
Date: July 06, 2010 07:21 pm Title: Cecelia Halpert, Age 18
Aw, I can't believe this is over! I read this chapter twice, it's so touching and poignant and rounds out the story so well. And it left me with a lump in my throat. I loved this entire thing, as you know, and this is such a sweet sweet ending. I really thought it was so "Jim" to not want to leave right away, and I love that you threw in the "don't get arrested/STD's/ etc. instead of going with the 'I love you' stuff. It made it more real the way you did it. Can't wait to read more of your stories soon!
Date: July 06, 2010 06:34 am Title: Cecelia Halpert, Age 18
This has me feeling very sentimental, ivy. Perfect way to end this lovely story. Each chapter has a pitch perfect tone, and, as I'm sure I've mentioned before (probably more than once actually), a great balance of father/daughter realism and humor. Great, great job.
Date: July 03, 2010 08:36 pm Title: Cecelia Halpert, Age 17
Ivy, I'm already mourning this and it's not even over yet. I remember being 17, and how awkward you get around your parents when it comes to sex... especially with your Dad. Jim handled it great!!!!
I love this story so much.
Date: July 03, 2010 06:21 pm Title: Cecelia Halpert, Age 17
Oh, I completely remember being Cece's age right here and thinking I was all grown up and an adult. And now that I am an adult, I would give up a kidney to go back to the simpler times of teenager-hood. I really like the part where Cece tells Jim that she was born 4 months after they got married - that had to come up eventually, nicely crafted!
I'm really sad that there's only one chapter left to this. Is there any way we can convince you to keep going? Or maybe do a companion piece - of Pam and Cece through the years? Just a thought. I really loved this and hate to see it go.
Author's Response: Thanks so much. I know, sometimes I wish I could go back. Maybe not to high school, but to college definitely. And yeah, you can't lecture your 17-year-old kid about accidental pregnancy when you knocked up her momma before you were married and expect not to hear about it. I can't tell you how much I appreciate your encouragement and wanting the story to continue. I'd love to keep it going, but I think this might be a matter of knowing when to leave the party. I have several ideas for other stories I'd like to get into, and I think my energy on this one is at a point where the best thing to do is bring it to a graceful close (the plan all along was to go through 18; I'm not quitting early). Re: a Pam/Cece companion piece. That's definitely a possibility. No promises, but I'll absolutely think about it and if I think I can do it justice, I'll add it to my list. Again, thank you so much!
Date: July 02, 2010 09:41 pm Title: Cecelia Halpert, Age 1
As one fo the few dads lurking around these parts, I'm breaking a long review hiatus to say what a fine, fine job you've done with this series. Your Jim and your Cece both seem very real, and while there is a lot of love here, it's not syrupy or idealized. Perhaps you'll be kind enough to go at least through the college years?
Author's Response: It's great to hear from a dad on this story. I'm basing a lot of it on my own father. My dad and I have what seems like a rare father-daughter relationship in that I am not in the least bit a "daddy's girl," nor do I resent him. We disagree, we both have tempers, he can be a condescending ass, I'm sometimes loathe to admit he's right, but he'd do anything to protect me (and tries, despite my being a self-sufficient grown woman), and I have immense respect for him. Neither of us have any tolerance for bullshit. Cece is more of a daddy's girl and Jim is more of a sentimentalist, but I think they've got a similar honesty between them. And I imagine her relationship with Pam is similar, probably with some of the added intimacies and challenges of the mother-daughter relationship. But I really wanted to focus on Jim as a parent. I'm so glad you'd want to see it go on longer, but I think the story, or perhaps my energy for it, is coming to a natural end point. But thank you for taking the time to review, and I'd love to hear your thoughts on any of the specific incidences throughout.
Date: July 02, 2010 03:56 pm Title: Cecelia Halpert, Age 17
Well done! I'm sorry that there's only one chapter left, ivy. You've done such a good job on these characterizations.
I just loved this line:
Being an adult is so much more than just turning 18. Trust me, you will not be an adult in six months. You won’t be an adult in six years.
Date: June 29, 2010 11:47 am Title: Cecelia Halpert, Age 16
This happens more often than not. I saw someone sitting in their car the other day staring at their cell phone while driving. And the person was a lot older than Cece. Very topical with this chapter. I thought it was totally realistic that when Jim was so understanding and just concerned, Cece cried more. I was never in an accident like this, but whenever I'd do something wrong and my parents were understanding about it, it actually did make me more upset than if they had yelled at me. It's so weird how that works like that. Really good chapter, intense but not overly so.
Date: June 28, 2010 10:32 pm Title: Cecelia Halpert, Age 16
I'm a little older than Cecelia in this, but I have to admit that I was recently in a similar situation because I thought I could quickly send a message while driving on the Interstate. Nope, not smart. Cars will suddenly stop and one will hit them. It was awful and terrifying and that all came back reading this, so I'd say it was very realistic.
Author's Response: I run a program for high school students at my newspaper and one of my kids recently wrote a story on texting and driving. She interviewed a girl who flipped her truck while "just sending a quick text" on her way home, and nearly had to have her arm amputated. It's not just teens either. Adults do it, and I think texting while driving is absolutely moronic. There's nothing so important it can't wait, and if it's that essential, pull off somewhere. In my mind, Cece will face consequences for her poor judgment, but obviously this was not the time for Jim to discuss responsible behavior with her.
Date: June 27, 2010 02:30 pm Title: Cecelia Halpert, Age 1
Loved that chapter. My dad grew up telling me he knows I am responsible and he always would say "I trust you to make the right decisions." Now I'm about to turn 18 and I've never done anything, not even a sip. I haven't even had a boyfriend yet. I really think you're right, that's a very effective thing to say to a teenager.
Excellent story, very realistic :)
Date: June 26, 2010 10:17 am Title: Cecelia Halpert, Age 15
I have enjoyed this one so much. I though didn't go that route with my boys with the drinking route. I trust Jim knew his daughter and that was the right way to go with her. Not all kids have the sense or strength to always do the right thing at 15. I can't wait for more.
Author's Response: Very true, indeed! Some teenagers are just flat out idiots. This route seemed to be the right one for Cece. Yes, she has her teenage tantrums and she's far from perfect, but I think Jim and Pam's girl would have a good head on her shoulders.
Date: June 26, 2010 06:48 am Title: Cecelia Halpert, Age 15
Once again, an excellent job, ivy. Hard to believe you don't have teenaged kids of your own ;)
Author's Response: I don't think I do... maybe I got busy and left them somewhere... haha, nope, no kids yet. Thought I would by this point but that whole life not going according to plan thing... Hopefully whatever instinctive understanding I have will hold out for when I actually do have teenagers.