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Topic: birthday (05/23/05)
TITLE: A Birthday United
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“Happy Birthday, Keegan!” Mommy’s sleepy voice replied. “Are you ready to share your day?”
The little feet pitter-pattered down the hall and Keegan jumped into his mother’s bed. “Oh, yes! Misses Duncan said you can come at treat time! Won’t everyone be so happy? I want all my friends to love this day…”
“Don’t worry, baby. They will. I’m going to bring cupcakes…should I get chocolate or vanilla?”
“Could you bring both? Please Mommy? And get some sprinkles too?” Keegan eagerly asked.
Mommy smiled and nodded. “Sure. After all, this is your special day!”
* * *
As soon as she dropped off her son at school, Mommy took off to the store. She wanted everything to be perfect. “His Kindergarten class will love these!” she exclaimed as she grabbed up some blue, red, and yellow cupcakes. “Kindergarten…time has flown…he is so big already…Dear Lord, don’t let him grow-up too fast!” Mommy prayed as she left the bakery section.
Mommy felt so proud that Keegan’s was the first birthday of the class. “I love that no holidays interfere with his birthday! It can be all about him…not like mine. I was born in February. Ugh—it was always valentines or presidents.” Suddenly, Mommy felt a little guilty for being so selfish about her son. She shrugged the feeling off.
* * *
The class enjoyed their cupcakes; even Misses Duncan had one. When Mommy came home, she turned on the television. A special report flew across the screen: Tragedy. An accident? At first the newsmen reported it as one but ….no. This was no accident. Mommy beheld the pang of guilt once more. She should have been praying when the Holy Spirit chided her. Life, she had to admit, is not all about her or her family…it is about praying for others. Loving our enemies. Helping the deceived.
Many lives were lost that day--A nation under siege. While a sweet boy turned six years old, men that used to be sweet boys decided to hi-jack some planes and kill themselves with as many Americans as they could. But Mommy understands its time to grow up and she is now proud that her son was born on a day that has brought a nation together. God Bless America, oh…and Happy Birthday, Keegan, my 9-11 baby.
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