In the hustle and bustle of the week that was another birthday in the house was passed. My oldest daughter is now 12, and with that comes a whole new (or newer) world of stuff to manage, negotiate and handle.
Birthdays have been a vexing issue for me, and while this one was not as unmanageable as some in the recent past, still it was tough. Add to that, with my pending surgery I am trying to be in the office as much as possible to allow for me to be out with a clear conscience and clean plate-so despite plans to make it home early on Wednesday when she had her birthday, I managed to get home a usual time.
In our house, once you get north of 10 and before bat mitzvah (11 and 12) it’s a smaller affair. Dinner with some friends or a movie. We planned that out a week before her birthday-tonight we are going to a local Korean BBQ place. This is a new favorite for the kids-they like the hibachi in the middle of the table.
The gift I got her a couple of months ago, when she “lost” her iPod Touch. I bought her a replacement for it, instead of the bike I was going to get her. So the gathering of the friends was taken care of and gift was solved. Now just to make sure she felt special for the day.
I had some help there, her friends at school decorated the locker-which was really nice. I did get a card for her and an iTunes gift card.
But as is usually the case with birthday’s a me, there comes the quality time of introspection-did I do enough. And now the countdown is on. Twelve months from now is her bat mitzvah, and I am already over analyzing how to handle that event.
And soon, it will be another year noted, again.