There are many joyful events in one’s life, but the yearly birthday party is at the top of the list for some. I’ve been trying to remember the last real birthday party my parents hosted for me and can only recall snippets of perhaps a pin-the-tail on the donkey, a huge homemade cake and plenty of boxes filled with Barbie accessories.
My heart was remembering those days of birthday excitement as I made my way to a birthday party last week. (These days it’s not quite as exciting, unfortunately.) I opened the wooden gate at the front of her yard and walked into the party with great excitement. I was thrilled to see so many children I knew throwing homemade Frisbees, shouting, laughing and playing chase in the large yard that wrapped around the stone cottage. I scanned the crowd looking for Lily when I spotted her running from a swarm of children intent on reaching the birthday girl. She was laughing joyfully as she had so many days last year, and it didn’t surprise me.
I greeted parents, grandparents, children and friends over the course of the party, and shared some of the stories that kept us all smiling all year. And because I learned in kindergarten how important it is to share, I’d like to share with you some of the golden nuggets that will keep me laughing for the rest of the summer.
I give you words of wisdom from first grade (in case you might have missed them the first time):you
I see many of the children from Room 252 throughout the summer at the pool, the park, the arboretum, Children and Youth Day at Arts Fest, the library and the supermarket. When they run to me with outstretched arms and huge smiles exclaiming that they miss school, I know I’ve done my job. Knowing that they love school is a wonderful gift, and while it’s not quite my birthday, I treasure that gift more than any that are wrapped and stacked around my cake. (If only it didn’t have to hold so many darn candles.)