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Topic: birthday (05/23/05)
TITLE: Everyday Birthday
By toronto49 Aird
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Enjoying each other’s company and being caught up in the day’s adventure our stomachs soon reminded us that lunchtime had come and gone. Our splurge to tide us over would be a healthy ice cream cone from McDonalds.
With two vanilla cones in hand my hasty retreat was interrupted when a sensor alarm went off within my brain triggering a reaction and causing me to look down towards my feet. There, at about the level of my knees, our eyes met. She was a beautiful child obviously well loved and cared for by the looks of her appearance. Her shiny, new black patent leather shoes were strapped over light yellow, frilly socks. The matching dress showed her love for kitty cats as displayed by the two embroidered brown pets just below the right shoulder. Adorned on top of her midnight colored hair was a party hat displayed with numerous multicolored balloons and securely fastened underneath her chin by a white elastic string.
“Looks like it’s someone's birthday,” I said looking up at the hovering father. Politely he answered back, "No, it’s not her birthday. It is just her day out with Dad." In that serendipitous moment my heart began to glow. Not wishing to intrude anymore than I had upon their time together I smiled, sincerely wished them both a wonderful time together, and quickly walked away.
Divorce I thought and maybe this is his weekend for visitation rights? Or maybe Mom’s working and Dad has decided to make the most of the situation? Or maybe, just maybe I came across a parent, a Dad, who realized the incredible gift he has been given from God in that precious, everyday birthday adorned little girl. And thankfully, though it wasn’t my birthday, I celebrated as well.
Having every intention of going to the mall that day I ended up at a birthday party…an everyday birthday. And though uninvited my heart warmed to their celebration as together we celebrated life, the gift of daily appreciation, and love as reflected through that relationship between a father and his daughter.
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