“Are we going to their house right now?” Harrison asked from the back seat.
“No,” I said. “We’re going to pick up Josh from his piano lessons and then I’m taking you home.”
Harrison, my five-year-old son, wanted to know if we were on our way to the house of some of our dearest friends. Even though he knows Monday’s routine, he lives on the edge of hopefulness that we’ll end up going to their house instead of picking up Josh because it is in the same direction.
“They may be coming to our house on Friday,” I said to help brighten his gloom.
“Yep. It’s my birthday on Friday and I think they are coming over for cake and ice cream.”
“Yaaayyy!” Harrison, Evelyn, and Madeline cheered in unison.
Calming a bit, Harrison inquired, “How old are you?”
“Well, it’s kind of a big day for me. I’ll be 40.”
“Wow,” Madeline said sounding astonished.
“He’s fodey,” Evelyn added just to be a part of the conversation.
“Not yet, honey,” I corrected. “Not till Friday.”
“One…two…three…four…five…six…seven…,” Harrison started to count. He made it to eighteen and then ended abruptly with a sigh.
“Why’d you stop, Harry?” I asked.
“Cuz that’s a lot of numbers. Forty is old and I was getting tired.”
Happy birthday to me.
Soma Mukherjee said:
Oh kids are cute and funny..
Hey wish you a very happy birthday, Here is to many many more of those ‘fodeys’ adding to this one. 🙂
something for you 🙂
Thank you, so much. Nice elephant! I’ll share it with the kids later tonight. 🙂
I remember on my fortieth wishing I was as happy and fit when I was 17. Couldn’t help but wonder, Why all the black balloons? when all I felt was gratitude. Happy Birthday … Friday.
Great point. The problem is, at 17, we just aren’t as fit in the mind as we are in the body. Thanks for the birthday wishes. Enjoy the t-shirt. It is on the way!
Debbie LoCascio said:
ROFL Kids! Ya gotta love ’em!
So this is the big one, eh? Gosh, I remember when ye were just a wee lad of 23 and not even wet behind the ears as a new DCE. And ye were interested in one of the fairest lasses in the congregation. (Gee, what was her name? Darla? Becky? No, wait. I remember. It was JENNIFER! lol) Seems like just yester year. Look how far ye’ve traveled in life since then!
Happy early birthday, Chris! May the Lord continue to bless and keep you and yours on this birthday and always. You know we love ya!
Thanks! I think I remember my twenties… 😉