And that’s okay.
I’ve usually got these grand ideas when it comes to the kids birthday parties. Balloons filling the house, in the birthday theme (of course), Pinterest inspired ideas for take-home gifts that are perfectly executed and with just enough for every child, invitations hand delivered and food that pleases the adults (and the kids) at the party (we usually end up with kid-food, rushed).
Olivia still talks about the time I made her a Disney Frozen cake, while the entire time cutting it I was judging myself for the rushed icing job and the imperfect ice candy. Those gorgeous fondant cakes ordered from local bakers? Out of her mind. The one that matters? The one her mother made.
Living with kids, I’ve begun to let it go – things don’t go as planned. Your backyard beach popsicle birthday party gets rained on and you’ve got twelve kids running around your house (that in fact does not have enough room for twelve kids). I’ve learned that an ombre layer cake you planned on making for the sixth birthday family dinner just wasn’t meant to be when you left the room for five minutes and came back to a toddler that had their own take on decorating it. I’ve learned that kids don’t really care about the handcrafted banner you downloaded from Etsy, and painstakingly cut and glued – they would have preferred to make it themselves.
I’ve learned to keep it simple – I’ve learned the moments matter that birthdays count.
The cakes. The decorations. The gifts. They don’t matter. What matters is that moment when they’re blowing out the candles surrounded on a cake that they watched you (and helped you) make. The off-key ‘happy birthday’ and teasing that the wish won’t come true if they tell you. In fact, according to a recent Enbridge survey, the most important part of birthday traditions for Canadians is in fact blowing out the candles.
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