Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Birthday Blessing From a Special Six Year Old Friend
A birthday is a good time to reflect on our lives and what we might have accomplished, learned and overcome the previous year. I thought back to last year at this time and the delicious coconut cake my friend Gina made me. It was so good I was actually eating it for breakfast before a long but exciting day of classes. This year, with the absence of a big birthday cake I, yes 31 years old, had a meltdown. After my amazing husband spent the day spoiling me with massage, shopping and preparing dinner with friends (including yummy and special portions for me), I peeked in the fridge and my heart melted when I saw it. It, being the apple crisp that I wouldn't be able to eat. I stomped into the other room, crying angrily at my stomach for denying me simple pleasures. When the guests arrived I quickly pulled myself together and greeted them with a smile on my face. As the evening progressed I completely forgot about any cake and enjoyed time with good friends, friends who have been around for years through thick and thin.
After dinner my friend Stephanie, her 6 year old daughter Kaia and I were chatting in the kitchen when Kaia asked the dreaded question, "When are we going to have birthday cake?". The crisp never made its way to the oven and I explained to Kaia how sorry I was for being so selfish and not letting everyone else enjoy desert. And this is what made my day..."It's OK Aunt Stephanie, we don't need any desert to make us happy, we have each other." What?! I couldn't believe what I just heard and immediately felt tears in my eyes. She is so right! Life is so much more than what we are denied. It is about what we are given.
Of course, moments later she opens my cupboard and asked if I had any cookies! Instead she pulls out a favorite snack we both love and enjoy, candied ginger.
This year on my birthday, Kaia gave me the gift of being satisfied with simple pleasures like great friends and candy ginger!