Birthdays....for Better or Worse
Seth is turning four this Saturday, and he's a "little man" now. He can't wait for his birthday because he stumbled on one of his unwrapped presents in the basement and has been asking every day since if today is his birthday. We are trying to explain to him the difference between today, tomorrow, yesterday, etc. But, since he so lives in the moment, he just wants everything now....or wants tomorrow to be today.
In his own way, unknowingly, he is wishing time away. I, on the other hand, try to savor the moments. He is growing quickly. And, as he ages, so do I, and others I love...and life can feel so fleeting.
One of my 40 something friends had a birthday this week. I sent her a card, and she replied via email by saying thanks and that she'd prefer not to remember it. I got the sense that the years of celebrating it were over for her, and it made me feel sad.
Yes.....I'm getting older....we all are....but what is the alternative? And, I do want my birthdays remembered, for better or worse. I will never tire of receiving a well-chosen card or gift. If you want to keep it in mind....my birthday is August....just kidding.....you don't have to send a present......but good wishes are always appreciated. And, most importantly, good health and more fun times ahead, as we watch our children grow into themselves!
We just ordered the birthday cake for Seth....this year it will be a Bob the Builder theme. I hope it will leave an impression on him. I know it will on me. And, I'll be sure to tuck away a miniature Muck or Lofty (if you know Bob the Builder) for posterity....so Seth, too, can look back one day when he is no longer wishing away tomorrow....and smile.