I Missed My Daughter’s Eighth Birthday

I missed Addie’s eighth birthday.  I’ve been able to be a part of every single one of her past birthdays, but this one just wasn’t meant to be.  At least if I wanted to have a job by the end up of December it wasn’t.

Addie and Casey went on a Disney cruise over this past week leaving me and Vivi here at the house.  As far as I know, Addie didn’t do anything on her birthday, but Casey swears it was her best birthday ever and possibly her best day ever and that makes me happy.

When Casey first learned that she may be going on a Disney cruise my first reaction was a bit of disappointment.  The timing of the Disney cruise for my own selfish reasons couldn’t have been much worse.  I already missed a week of work on a cruise earlier in the year and shortly after I spent a few days away from work in Ohio and in New York.  Our family has plans to spend the upcoming holidays in Utah, so taking off for a week in December for another cruise wasn’t going to go over all that well with my employer.

My second thought when I found out about the Disney cruise was that Casey needed to see if there was any way Addie could go with her.  It would make for the perfect birthday present and Casey agreed.  When we learned that Addie would be able to go on the cruise, we were ecstatic.

Now they’ve gone and come back and Addie’s birthday was left back on that ship.  I didn’t get a chance to wish her a happy birthday.  I didn’t get the chance to eat any of her birthday cake, which I heard was fantastic.  And I didn’t get to give her a single present on her birthday.  But most of all, I didn’t get to tell her just how happy I am that she’s been part of my life for the past eight years.

Someday when Addie’s bored and dinking around on the internet and she decides to read all of the things I’ve written on this blog, hopefully she’ll stumble on this post and know that I was thinking about her on her birthday, and that I love her and that Vivi and I wished her a happy birthday even though she wasn’t around to hear it.

Happy eighth birthday kid!

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