7 Years of Passing Time
I used to be one that threw extravagant birthday parties. No detail left undone, no cupcake that wasn’t piped to perfection. One time I spent hours creating sunflower cupcakes with little lady bugs on them…they actually looked like they did in the magazine. Now I find myself stretched so thin I just can’t do it anymore…and I’ve found how meaningful my daughters’ birthdays have become.
Time. It is something I’ve learned from one of my best friends, something I can never thank her enough for showing me the true meaning of. Now when birthdays come I give my girls the gift of time. It costs nothing, and is so incredibly fulfilling. Both my girls and I need it.
There just isn’t enough time when there is so much to get done.
I’ve become a master juggler, I can actually multitask so well it’s frightening. What I am not very good at is slowing down, I don’t feel like I can right now. So that is why a birthday of one of my daughters is the perfect excuse to drop it all, and be present.
One-on-one time, and yes quite a bit of spoiling. If you aren’t spending the money on a big party why would you not treat the birthday girl?
My middle, Nell, turned 7 on Friday. She chose shopping, oysters, a photoshoot (with my influence of course), and rock climbing for her special spoils. A girl after my own heart.
She is such a beauty. I know I’m her mother, but this one. When I find the time to stop and really look at her she blows my mind. I am so happy I have my camera to capture her now, right at this time. I know so much of this will be forgotten as the years pass, and with all the juggling there is only so much my mind can hold onto.
For now, when a birthday comes, I stop and I hold onto the present. The individual time with my girls is something I will never regret giving them.
You eat the cupcakes, the party favors get tossed, the balloons deflate. It's been 7 years of passing time since this middle entered my world. The passing of time never stops, and neither do the memories when you take a minute to give some.