Happy Birthday World!

How better to explain New Year’s Day to a toddler than to say it’s the world’s birthday?

Photo of my son and daughter seated at a toddler table along with a plush snowman and a world globe donning a paper party hat. A chocolate cake with a single lit candle is in the middle of the table.

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.

Photo of my son eating chocolate birthday cake, the entire piece hoisted on a fork.


2 Responses to “Happy Birthday World!”

  1. Kelly K says:

    I love the picture of the world in a party hat, great family tradition!

    January 1st, 2011 at 2:28 pm

  2. adrienne says:

    Those photos are utterly charming. I’ve got to get a globe.

    January 1st, 2011 at 3:41 pm

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