>> Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Eight days from now, my daughter will celebrate her ninth birthday. Big parties are not our thing anymore now that we have no friends here to celebrate it with. Besides, her school does not permit birthday celebrations in class so it's not an option. She only wants to have a small get-together with a group of girls she is friends with back at my parents' place once we go visit during summer. But it won't be fun if all we do for her birthday is dining out, right? For her birthday this year, I thought of something that we haven't done yet - give her nine gifts during the nine days leading to her ninth birthday. Yesterday was the first day and she got a handmade card plus a book, My First Book of Saints. She is a bookworm and surely, it made her happier than happy when she opened the book and realized that there are more coming. I already have an assortment of gifts that I bought since last week. Books, accessories, bag, arts & crafts materials, toys -- all things that interest her and some things that she needs. If she's into music, I would have gotten her a PRS guitar but nah, she is not into it. Yet.
I remember the past years when some of my close friends and I come up with something to celebrate and surprise her. There are parties at home and when she got older, a surprise birthday party in class. For her seventh birthday, we threw a grand McDonalds party at school, complete with the works - food, games, mascots and loots. She certainly had a blast! But what she did not was the other party - the one with our close friends and loved ones in a restaurant. She thought we were just having a lunch date and she was certainly surprised upon seeing them all gathered in that place, singing the Happy Birthday song when she entered. There were gifts, good food, singing and fun times with some of her playmates and favorite cousins. It sure was a blessed day and for all those birthday celebrations, I am grateful for the close friends and my parents who helped me pull them all off. Surprising her would be a tough job without their help.