I don’t know why the arrival of my birthday had me so down this year. Is it just getting older? Feeling I haven’t done all I could in those years? Realizing how fast time really does move?
Whatever the case, I was pretty bummed the days leading up to and the day of my birthday. And, in fact, I became thankful for the celebration of my birthday. Not for the old, “It’s better than the alternative…” reason (although, there is that, too….), but because of the following:
- Hearing Monkey say, “Happy birthday, Mama,” followed by his kiss on my cheek when he found out it was my birthday, all without prompting.
- Yummy cupcakes my best friend brought to McDonald’s when we met with all our kids. (Yes, I got to celebrate my b.day at McDonald’s!)
- The sweet birthday card my husband left on the kitchen table when he went to work in the morning and his marker-scrawled message on the bathroom mirror.
- Listening to my husband and his little helper bake my birthday cake from scratch… I challenge anyone not to at least smile while listening to someone else try to bake with kids helping, “Can I get the eggs out, now, Daddy?” …followed by… “Did you just give that hunk of chocolate to your brother? Do you have it all in your mouth at once? Spit it out! Spit it all out!” Good times.
There you have it, my Thankful Thursday for this week. Now it’s your turn – leave me a comment and tell me, what are you thankful for this week?