The Little Things

Last week was my daughter’s birthday, a day that is, in her words, “My most favorite day in the whole world!” I’m a big fan of birthdays myself – celebrating another year of life for my children is something I never take for granted.

Annabel was lucky that she had a few celebrations this year. On her actual birthday, I did a bunch of little things with her (special breakfast, a movie, dinner with my family). The next day, she celebrated with her preschool classmates. A few days later we had her birthday party with our family and friends. The night after that, we went out to dinner with my husband’s family. What a lucky girl to celebrate four times!

It’s funny to me, what sticks in the minds of kids. Before we went out to dinner with my husband’s family, Annabel said, “Mommy…how come no one sang to me at [restaurant we went to with my family]?” I realized she was talking about the waiter bringing her a small dessert with a candle. We didn’t have the waiter do that because I had a cake waiting for her at home.

When I asked Annie what made her think of that, she said, “Last year they sang to me, and I blew out my candle and they all knew it was my birthday and it was so, so special.” I couldn’t believe she remembered something so simple, but I shouldn’t have been surprised.

At dinner with Mike’s family, we made sure this happened:


A tiny scoop of ice cream with a candle in a fancy glass absolutely made her day.

It’s a good reminder for me that it’s the little things that can make a person so happy.

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