|Martin's birthday gift to Adelina: a driveway fit for backing out. Sort of.|
I did have to realize something though... as I resigned myself to the fact that getting the car up the driveway and out to the store was just not going to happen, and so neither was the party ( resignation which may or may not have come after I lost my cool and had to shut myself in my room for 10 min. while I railed against the entire country, the weather, the maker of the driveway, the car, the ineptitude of these so-called "winter tires" and my complete lack of self control in the face of adversity) I realized,...
...I was the only one who cared. Yes, kids like balloons, and streamers, and lots of people around to sing the birthday songs. And they enjoy the festivity in the air and the anticipation of presents. All of these things are wonderful and exciting and definitely worth it. But more than anything, they love the special-ness of it all. And she dwelt in that the whole day. Brothers who woke up early to make birthday signs and present them to her with hugs and "Happy Birthday's!" A special outing to Pizza Hut for Dinner and a day with "the whole family all together!" (as she likes to say). Scones and presents ( the party!). Bedtime blessings.
All throughout with whispers of "I love you, my big 4 year old girl, and I am so proud of you!" And her special little smile and an "I love you too, mommy" in return.