Starting A Birthday Tradition

It’s Little One’s birthday. My Not So Little One is 10 years old, and I think it’s time for a new birthday tradition. Well, actually, I think it’s time to bring back an old tradition.

My first “baby” was a kitten I adopted when I was 18, right before I moved out of my parents’ house. For her birthdays, I felt a need to celebrate somehow – 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 One’s birthday, I let her stay out of school and I skipped work. (I love my flexibleUnderwear for Africa 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 don’t have the comfortable life that we have been blessed with.

My older daughter’s birthday is weeks away. I’ll let Little One explain to her sister what we’re doing, then let the Tall One decide on her birthday – shall it be underwear or something else? Maybe she’ll surprise me. With additional time to think about it, I’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.

Sarah Sig

One Response to “Starting A Birthday Tradition”

  1. Shelley Seale February 11, 2008 at 12:37 pm #

    Sarah,
    I think this is a beautiful tradition. Thank you so much for sharing it. The wonderful thing is that it could be adapted by anyone for any cause, but it’s a great way to not only achieve something good, but also to teach those values of giving and compassion to our children.
    Thanks,
    Shelley Seale

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