I miss birthday parties. Now that my children are grown, there are no more themed celebrations with cake, ice cream, and favors. No more little voices screaming, laughing, and playing. I remember the exhaustion at the end of the day after planning and pulling off a party. I remember doing four of them a year. Now, on birthdays it is quiet here. They don’t live here anymore, and though sometimes that makes me melancholy, it is as it should be. I take a moment to look back at their lives through pictures to celebrate their amazing births and their growth over the years.
Today is Aaron’s Day. I look at the pictures of his birth and remember the trauma for both of us. It was a difficult delivery due to his 10lbs. 5 oz. self. We worked together, even back then to make it to his first breath. In the pictures we both look exhausted, but content to have completed our first mission together. In his first birthday pictures, there is a scab on his nose from learning to walk. I remember thinking I might be tagged for child abuse with as many bumps and bruises as he had. On his 9th birthday he had 36 some odd stitches in his face from running into a brick column. There are other memories from the time he got into a yellow jackets nest and was stung over 56 times. When I consider these snippets of his life, I wonder how he has made it to 26!
Not all the pictures are of near death experiences. There are swim parties with lots of smiles and watermelon. The dinosaur party, where having a dinosaur egg hunt was a huge hit. A cookout at the lake, a trip to the space center, and looking for alligators in the Okefenokee Swamp are in the scrapbook as well. Dressing as Bill Nye and having a science party where experiments were in abundance is in there too. (Will the items sink or float?) Adventure. Curiosity. Experiments. Those have always been a part of Aaron. I might not get to see him this year on his birthday since he is on a cross country adventure, but I celebrate him anyway. I am always looking both behind and ahead to know that God has a plan for my son…has always had one. I am glad I was chosen as his mom to be a part of it. Happy Birthday Aaron!