We didn't throw a bash or set of fireworks, we simply shared the day and evening with his two closest friends (and a little sister for his little sister!)... children I've watched grow up, as well. Dinner was a feast of favorites and the birthday cake was the same recipe from my own childhood that has graced most of my children's celebrations, as well. Those candles... yes, they've been around since his beginning! Beneath our family birthday banner we tasted tradition with renewed appreciation for how important and vital continuity is in all of our lives. Never, never underestimate the beauty and significance of repeating unique traditions within your family. When push comes to shove, it's those gifts that are the most valuable. I see that to be so true, right now.
the first travel pillow years ago) before I stitched up a
p.s. I was informed (rather sheepishly) that the nose on the left plane wasn't very realistic, but that he loved me and the pillow just the same. Adore that boy!