We had cake!
Yep, Mama is another year older!
This past week we celebrated my birthday, and as a side note - birthdays might just be your favorite thing ever - especially because: YOU LOVE CAKE (oh, and ice cream too)!
The past few years I've spent my birthday feeling so blessed. Especially when hearing the voices of my kids and loved ones singing to celebrate me. But to be honest, when the singing is over and it's time for me to make a wish and blow out the candles, I usually become flushed red and embarrassed by all the attention. But that's your cue my dear, and you never disappoint!
With perfect timing, you rush in to save the day and divert the attention from me to your tiny fingers swiping the frosting with such speed, grace and mischief! I know I should be teaching you that's not appropriate, but I'm kinda o.k. with it. Especially when I see your monster smile gloating in your success!
This got me thinking about the tradition of blowing out birthday candles...
Sadly, I can honestly tell you it's been a really long time since I "made a wish" on my birthday. But why?
Have I lost my inner child? Have I just become too distracted by life that the idea of "making a wish" seems childish? Maybe I'm just too tired and when the second arrived to make a wish I relish the moment and take a quick 3 1/2 second nap!? Whatever the cause, I'm left pondering. Adults can make a wish too, can't they? I mean SHOULDN'T they?!
But then, I see your smiling face, with frosting all over it and your honest, genuine happiness at having "gotten away with one...". Such innocence and joy!
How silly of me to forget some of the absolute best things you've taught me!
"Slow down mommy!"
"Wake up and live in the moment!"
"Don't take life so seriously!"
"Enjoy these moments, as they are fleeting!"
Maybe someday you will say these words with your voice, but today you say them with your frosting covered grin.
And the lesson is learned.
For this year, I have made my wish. I will never tell, but in my heart it has already come true.
I love you my dear, today and always.