Saturday, January 1st, 2011
Happy Birthday World!
How better to explain New Year’s Day to a toddler than to say it’s the world’s birthday?
Yeah, I tried explaining the Gregorian calendar to my 2-year-old son, but he was having none of it.
Our New Year’s Eve / Day tradition is to make the world a birthday cake. While we eat it, we talk about the highlights of the past year and what we hope will transpire in the coming year. Sure, with a toddler, Mom and Dad do most of the talking.
Today, my 6-year-old daughter was preparing a party in her room around lunchtime. I seriously didn’t connect the dots until she asked if we could eat the birthday cake in her room. I told her no.
When I saw that the world would actually be attending, with a party hat she saved from a past birthday, I had to change my mind.
Regarding our hopes for the future, one of the things Mom mentioned for our son to look forward to is a friend’s birthday party next week at a bounce house place at our local mall. She said, “The last time we were there, you weren’t born yet. You were in my tummy.”
My son responded, “Yeah Momma. Me kick hard. Make door so I can push out.”
It was muddled a bit with his pig Latin way of talking (substituting sounds he can’t make due to his speech disability), but hey, he is doing well. I said I looked forward to his pronouncing “S” and “F” in words this year. Mom is looking forward to his being potty trained. My daughter is going to learn cursive. My son was eating cake and couldn’t be interrupted.