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Topic: birthday (05/23/05)
- TITLE: Creating Birthday Memories
By Tracy Rose
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“Where are we having my party?” Nicholas asks on a regular basis. At the age of six, he can’t help but obsess about the biggest day of the year. Christmas comes a close second, but it is a day for us to celebrate the birth of Jesus. Even though we see most of our family and friends and exchange presents on Christmas, everyone isn’t gathered together strictly for Nicholas’ sake.
His birthday is special because it is the one day of the year that all of his friends and family gather just for him. It is a celebration of his favorite things. He rips open his presents, inhales some cake, plays with friends, and eats his favorite foods off of character plates.
As a parent, pulling off one of these parties is costly and exhausting. It takes a lot of preparation, time and money. Much like planning a wedding, we start early to find the right location, provide the perfect mix of foods, choose a theme, and send out guest invitations. That’s not to mention the cleanup time involved.
But for me, it is a time to reflect on the good times I have shared with him. I realize how fast my son is growing up. I get a little sad that he is no longer my “baby” and he is quickly gaining independence. I recall the day he was born. The pride I felt that day is still as fresh for me now.
While Nicholas gets caught up in the excitement now, I hope that as he gets older he will be able to look back on his birthday memories as the good days too.
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