Itâ€™s Little Oneâ€™s birthday. My Not So Little One is 10 years old, and I think itâ€™s time for a new birthday tradition. Well, actually, I think itâ€™s time to bring back an old tradition.
My first â€œbabyâ€ was a kitten I adopted when I was 18, right before I moved out of my parentsâ€™ house. For her birthdays, I felt a need to celebrate somehow â€“ even though as a cat she could hardly care less about a birthday.
So rather than buy her a gift, each year I would buy a large bag of kitten chow and donate it to the shelter where I adopted her. It became an annual thank you for the cat I loved so much.
On Not So Little Oneâ€™s birthday, I let her stay out of school and I skipped work. (I love my flexible schedule!) We had a day out together, a nice lunch out and then we bought underwear to send to Africa.
Yes, it sounded really weird to her at first. She knows Rocky and how much I respect her, and she knows the basic idea that Rocky has gone to Africa, helped a bunch of girls there and delivered underwear. She knows that there are kids out there who donâ€™t have the comfortable life that we have been blessed with.
My older daughterâ€™s birthday is weeks away. Iâ€™ll let Little One explain to her sister what weâ€™re doing, then let the Tall One decide on her birthday â€“ shall it be underwear or something else? Maybe sheâ€™ll surprise me. With additional time to think about it, Iâ€™m curious to find out what kind of charity will touch her heart.
The birth of my children made my life so much better. They are without a doubt the very best gift I have ever been given in this life. For their birthdays, I want to instill in them the habit of giving back, just because we can. And I feel a need to send a Thank You out there for these people I love so much.