I’m not sure exactly where it came from, but for years, in my family, we’ve said, “It is birthday!” Well, here in our house, it is still birthday for Liam.
We still have cake, we still have ice cream, we still have balloons. Tomorrow, we’re going to the Children’s Museum to celebrate Liam’s birthday even further. And my lucky, loved little guy is still receiving birthday packages in the mail. I don’t care who you are, it’s great fun to get presents in the mail . . . when you’re a little kid, it’s totally awesome. Yesterday, he got a gift from Grandma, and today he got gifts from his Aunt Mina and from his Topes.
Benjamin hasn’t been left out of this birthday whirlwind, either — he’s been getting “happy big brother” gifts in the mail, too. Benjamin is so thrilled every time we get a package — he wants to help Liam open it up and then “oohs” and “ahhs” about the gift (and then tries to run off with it or stash it away somewhere that Liam won’t easily discover it.) They are both having the best time enjoying this whole birthday week.
I’d really been struggling with the fact that Liam spent his first birthday away from the rest of our family, away from our friends. We’re having a great time here, but I know it would have been different and included a lot more people if we’d been at home. I’m so happy to watch my boys experience the love of a birthday at home, even though we’re so far away. I’m glad it’s still “birthday” here.