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JOSH'S BAR MITZVAH: Temple Isaiah + Skyzone Columbia

Josh's bar mitzvah was special for me because his mother was one of my son's preschool teachers (my son who starts middle school in the fall).  I still want to call her Morah Cassie. Cassie was patient and kind and tender and clearly loved the kids in her class; I remember her as one of my (and my son's) favorite preschool teachers. I hadn't met Josh when he was younger but I remember when Cassie was pregnant with his younger sister, Scarlett (who celebrated her 9th birthday on his big day).  It was yet another reminder that this time in our lives, which often feels like a never-ending cycle of carpools and homework and hebrew school and sports and activities, is actually a small part of our lives.  It will be over before we have time to catch our breath and we need to learn to enjoy every crazy, hair-pulling, maddening, joyful, wonderful moment before they're gone.

But Josh.  I met him a few weeks before when we did a portrait session for his sign-in board.  He's a quiet, thoughtful kid but after about 30 minutes I discovered he had a wicked sense of humor and loves Modern Family and The Goldbergs.  It's rare that I photograph a 13-year-old boy who doesn't complain about having his photo taken; Josh certainly didn't love it but he was so mature about it and didn't once ask when it would be over (but that might have been because I kept him occupied with stupid jokes.  Or not.).

The party was also a first for me - it was at Skyzone which is an indoor trampoline park.  It was the perfect venue for a gaggle of 13-year-old kids - no suits and ties or uncomfortable shoes.  Just shorts and t-shirts and a few hours of jumping and horsing around.  And to be honest, I think the adults might have had more fun jumping than the kids.

Thank you, Dan, (Morah) Cassie, Josh and Scarlett - it was a full circle moment for me and I loved being part of this day.  Enjoy the sneak peek: