Friday, July 3, 2009
Our kid Bob loves birthdays and everything about them. Once he gets to know you, he will want to know what month your birthday is in and will memorize this information so that he can be prepared for future cake and balloons.
We play “pretend birthday” a lot at our house. Bob has a small wooden birthday cake that he decorates. There is singing of the classic Happy Birthday song, including the “and many more” tag. There is the ceremonial blowing out of the pretend candles. The wooden cake is cut and distributed around the house to pets and people. There is make-believe eating, exaggerated swallowing, and much belly rubbing. We are also given our new age for the day.
Today it was my pretend birthday. After blowing out the “candles,” I accepted my piece of triangular wood. I then asked Bob the traditional question, “How old am I today?” He replied, “You are seven days a week.”
I am choosing to take this as a compliment.