I don’t care what some folk try to say (generally in a reassuring fashion to a child), it stinks having a birthday in the Summer. Seriously!
Kids who have their birthday during the school year get to enjoy celebrations at school with their classmates. When they are young their teachers always make a big deal about their special day, when they are older their chums decorate their locker and arrange surprises during the day… Kids born in the Summer don’t get any of that. Heck, they’re lucky if they get to even have much of a party.
The girl’s birthday is tomorrow, and her party is on Saturday. She’s going to be five. Which, honestly, I can hardly even believe.
Before school let out we gave out cards to her school friends with her email address, asking them to drop us a line so we could invite them to her party once we had plans in place. Only two of the eight kids she gave her address to actually contacted us with their mailing addresses. Thankfully she’s got friends from the year before whom she still loves, as well as lots of cousins. Except that only one friend has actually RSVP’d saying he’d be there… one friend, one cousin. Like I said, birthdays in the Summer stink for a kid. We’re hopeful that some people just don’t know what “RSVP” means, and that some people will just show up on the day. We’re actually banking on it.
My birthday was always awesome. Every second year it would fall on a school day, and on the alternates it would be during Easter break. So half the time I was on holidays and half the time I got to celebrate at school. It really was the best. I absolutely loved it. And even as a kid myself, I always felt bad for those kids who had their birthday during Summer vacation. In theory it may seem like a great time to have a party, but as a kid? Those parties pretty much always fell flat. 😦
So, we’re still not over our coughs (all three of us are still hacking) but we went out today anyway. After two weeks, we are long past being contagious. We’re all still exhausted and run down from being sick for so long, but we needed the sunshine.
My BFF from elementary school, Bekki, was in town this weekend. So she facebooked me, and the three of us (and the three of them) all got together for lunch today. It really was such a nice treat. It was the first time we’d seen one another in NINE years… a very long overdue visit.
We laughed about some of the sleepovers we had, shared some of our silly memories. Talked about what’s going on today… and laughed a LOT about our lives as moms. I’ll admit, today really made me miss Bekki.
It had been so long since she’d moved away, that her not being a part of my life was normal. Having her back, even for as short a time as I did, made the lack of involvement seem strange. We would be fast friends again if she ever decided to move back home to Saskatoon. And I find myself missing her already.
Funny how much things change, yet how quickly old bonds are rebirthed (given the chance).