It’s Lauren’s birthday today.
Lauren loves her birthday, though this year has been a bit more low key than usual. She’s reaching a busy stage of life, after all – friends swirling around, schoolwork piling up, clubs and activities making demands in the background, and so on – and our family is generally pretty low key about birthdays anyway. I tend to forget mine, more often than not, though I like that she enjoys hers so much. It’s a nice contrast.
We are spreading it out a bit more this year than we used to do as well. Tonight she had a couple of friends come over after school and they handed out candy to the trick-or-treaters. There was pizza and ice cream cake, and it was a good time. Wednesday we’ll go out to dinner with Kim’s parents at a place of Lauren’s choosing, assuming she chooses one by then. Maybe this weekend there will be more friends over. It’s still up in the air.
But it is good to celebrate, however one does it, because Lauren is worth celebrating.
Happy birthday, Lauren. You make me proud.