I recently had a birthday. Recently as in last week. As I was reflecting, I became increasingly amused by what the occasion had revealed about our 6 daughters. Each of them unique yet somewhat predictable in their actions, they helped to make the event fun without even trying but just by being who they were created to be.
Let's begin with the day before my birthday. I received a text bright and early from Crystal, the oldest, explaining to me that she would be calling me later to wish me a Happy Birthday officially. I laughed as I texted back to tell her that it wasn't until tomorrow. Now Crystal is the mother of 4 with 2 playing soccer and one playing junior high football so it was easy to understand how she could get confused about which day my birthday actually fell on. With 5 games to attend that week and everyone having practice and homework she was actually being quiet efficient by letting me know early that she hadn't forgotten. So a big kiss and a hug for Crystal for being on top of things.
Melanie arrived to pick me up to run a couple of errands later that same morning. As I jumped in the car I told her that Crystal had texted to tell me happy birthday. Before I could finish the story, Melanie began to apologize, "Oh, Mom I'm so sorry I haven't even wished you happy birthday yet." I laughed and said, "It's not until tomorrow so you can tell me then." She looked very puzzled trying to figure out in her mind what day it actually was on. Now Melanie has always been a bit oblivious to what is going on, so it was not surprising at all that she might get the days confused. I'm sure that when God passed out the post it notes for the brain, Melanie was not present. She was however present to receive an extra portion of tenderness and for a moment her heart was sad when she thought she had forgotten to wish me a happy day.
Now let's fast forward to my real birthday. My mom was first to call followed by my best friend Laura who calls each year without fail and sings the entire Happy Birthday song. Next came a text from Lauren Beth who said she was at work and would call when she got off. Around 11 a.m. Lauren Elizabeth called from college and wished me happy birthday right after her only class for the day. I'm sure Gary texted her and her sisters to remind them and she took care of things right away. She is very responsible and more of the get it done before I forget to do it type. Both our Laurens are very thoughtful and are good about planning ahead. She had already mailed me the sweetest card which arrived the next day.
Emily, the youngest, tried to call but missed me so she left me a text message. Being a senior in high school keeps her social calendar pretty busy so I'm lucky she got me squeezed in. I sent her a thank you text and we called it good. I know she loves me whether I actually got to talk to her or not. Emily loves big and lets you know how much you are loved all the time.
Lauren Beth true to her word, called as soon as she got off work and let McKinlee my 2 year old grand daughter wish me happy birthday. It was so sweet and her mommy knew that it would make my day to hear that cute little voice telling me how much she loves me. Now Lauren of course had already sent me a gift the previous week. Like I said before, both Laurens are very thoughtful and good planners.
Birthday dinner was consumed at a local restaurant after we watched a riveting soccer match between a bunch of 4 and 5 year olds. The grand kids loved it when they came out banging pans, announcing to the entire restaurant that it was my birthday and making everyone wish me a Texas sized happy birthday by yelling Yee Haw or something like that. Honestly, at that point I was too embarrassed to pay attention to what they were yelling. Texans are into public humiliation on birthdays!
Fast forward a few more hours as I was getting into bed. Gary asked if everyone had called. I laughed and said, "No and I'm sure you can guess who I haven't heard from.". Within a few minutes my phone rang and we laughed again knowing full well who it was. Our little procrastinator and other college student Lindsay was on the line. She and I shared a good laugh as I told her she had gotten the call in just under the wire with almost an hour to spare. She entertained me for a few minutes with her quick wit and then the day was done.
So for me, with 6 you get courage but you also get a lot of fun and amusement along the way. I'm blessed beyond measure by these 6 beautiful women in my life and look forward to what this new year holds for each of us. Somehow I'm thinking that next year's birthday wishes may play out about the same. Absolutely perfect!