My mom had this amazing ability of making the celebrations in our lives seem like they were really important and I have distinct memories of these celebrations as some of the most joyous times of my life. Now that I have grown, left the nest and created my own family…I feel the need to continue in the same manner with my own children and I have to say that so far I’ve really been enjoying it all.
Yesterday marked the 32nd birthday of That Daddy Guy and the day was filled with doing fun things while Daddy was at work like baking and decorating a cake, wrapping presents and preparing a special meal. I spent much of the days leading up to this day, trying to get Jacob excited and helping to understand what it meant that Daddy was having a birthday and in the end the only thing I think he really understood was that Daddy’s birthday was going to be a great day because he got to eat cake. Ha. I was quite impressed I admit that Jacob was able to remember our plan for Daddy’s birthday when he ran down the stairs and proclaimed a loud exuberant HAPPY BIRTHDAY DADDY when he woke up in the morning.
I really believe in the importance of celebration and tradition within families because I feel like it is on these special days that family members are able to come together, put the craziness and fast pace of everyday life behind them, relax and enjoy each other. I feel the need to help create good long lasting memories for my children the same way my mother did for me, so that one day they’ll tell their children, my grandchildren that their birthdays or Christmas was always special because Mom always made them that way…..just thinking about it gives me the warm fuzzies.
We have a lot of celebrations coming up here in the next while and I’m particularly excited about a few of them – I look forward to making them as memorable as possible in my own way….hoping that its the start of many good family celebrations….
Maybe as the years pass my own children will have a particular fondness for the memories we’ve created…..
Or maybe they’ll just use it as evidence that I really am not all there. Ha.