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The odd ones

My childhood birthday parties were, like my entire childhood, awkward. Three groups of kids attended:

1. My siblings
2. My best friend, whose mom regretted her daughter could find no better friend
3. Kids who reminded me, by the moment, they were only there because their moms made them come*

Today my oldest son celebrated his fifth birthday. I leaked out the eyes throughout the day, with thanks for my own girlfriends who’d driven many miles to attend. For my mom’s insistence her kids have rockin’ birthdays, even if their day to day lives were depressing and often devastated by her own depression. And, most of all, to see my son with the kids who joined him for his birthday.

They weren’t there because their moms made them come.

They were there because they love my son, in their five-year-old way.

And that, that is joy.



* Bless those moms

  1. September 28, 2014 at 6:56 pm

    Goodness! Lil’ D is growing up! Wow! Five! I’m so glad that he had a wonderful friend-filled birthday. You’ve got a b-day coming up soon, too and I’m sure it will be just as joyous. 🙂

    • October 1, 2014 at 8:47 pm

      I think so, too. The joy of seeing Li’l D so enchanted on his birthday was the best thing of all, but being close to my girlfriends … well, that was its own beauty, and makes me think my own birthday party will also be lovely, if a little less theme park-y. 😉

  2. September 28, 2014 at 7:21 pm

    I am so glad Lil’D had a happy birthday. That his friends were there and they all had fun. Such a joyous time for all.

    • September 28, 2014 at 7:31 pm

      If only you were on IG! The full dozen-kids experience is there … and what an experience it was. ♥

  3. September 28, 2014 at 8:45 pm

    That is the best kind of joy 🙂

  4. September 28, 2014 at 9:16 pm

    I love it. And my eyes would have been sweaty all day as well.

    • October 1, 2014 at 8:48 pm

      “Sweaty.” I like it! It gives me a chance to vary up my usual “something in both my eyes.” What a sweet and sweaty-eyed day it was. ♥

  5. September 29, 2014 at 6:47 am

    Oh, sweetness. Happy birthday to the little guy!

  6. September 29, 2014 at 9:35 am

    HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAYS…AND many more to come.

  7. September 29, 2014 at 5:46 pm

    We are so much more in tune with our kids than my parents were. I had to invite the boy down the road to my 7th birthday party. He used to beat me up.

  8. September 29, 2014 at 5:47 pm

    Oops, I wasn’t done. Happy B-day to that lucky little guy!

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