Friday, August 29, 2008

Feeling Celebrated

When I walked into the room last night he was tying a big bow around her chair at the dining room table.

Ribbons spiraled downwards from the light fixture and the moldings on the windows and doors.


Brightly colored helium balloons flew up from her chair back.


In the kitchen, he had just finished icing her cake.


He decorated it with her name in big, block letters and a giant number 3.


I had just finished wrapping what seemed like way too many gifts.

"Do you think she'll feel celebrated enough? he asked nervously.

[K worries about these things.]

I reassured him that she would, but then later I wasn't so sure.

When we crept into her room to make sure she was covered up, we found her tossing and turning in her sleep.


After a series of cries and moans we heard her shout,

"I want a pony!"

[Uh... I'm afraid her expectations WILL NOT be met.]


I was still in bed this morning when she woke up and came out to greet her father.

I heard her draw in her breath when she saw the dining room.

"It's my birthday!" she beamed.



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I'll always remember The Rooster's birthday as the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.

I'm keeping my fingers crossed that Gustav stays away.

There's still so much work to be done in the Gulf...

31 comments:

ms. changes pants while driving said...

hey, my birthday's july 12th. i'll leave a key under my doormat. i don't even need a pony. i like green ribbons.

adorable post.

seriously, make your way to san diego for my birthday. you don't even have to stay. just decorate before i wake up.

thank you.

BlondeMomBlog (Jamie) said...

Happy 3rd to the Rooster!

p.s. am also crossing fingers and toes

ms. changes pants while driving said...

HOLY CRAP, I WAS THE FIRST COMMENTER?? ANNNND THE SECOND???

furiousBall said...

Awww Happy Birthday Roo

Leah said...

Happy Birthday Rooster!!

Bungi said...

Celebration at the house of Joys! Happy Birthday, Rooster!!

Veronica MItchell said...

SUCH a beauty! Happy birthday, Roostr.

motherbumper said...

What is it with 3 year olds wanting a pony - Gigi's is in two months and she already sent me her amazon list. KIDS!

Happy Birthday Rooster~

Mahala said...

Happy 3rd Rooster :) My baby girl shares the Katrina anniversary as her birthday as well. She's 23 today. It still feels the same, 20 years later.

Damselfly said...

Wow, three? Happy birthday to the Rooster!

Laura said...

Little girls and pony dreams!!!

happy birthday!

Cheers!

Kyla said...

Usually I repsond to "I want a pony!" with, "You want a pony TAIL?" And then she is distracted by hairstyles and I am saved.

Happy birthday, Roo!

Sayre said...

Happy Birthday, Rooster! Came in like a lion, didn't you?

Grim Reality Girl said...

Happy Birthday ROO! Glad you were born on a day that needed a big dose of hope -- your spirit is a light in the darkness and I'm glad your momma shares your stories. Shine on little sister!

Domestic Extraordinaire said...

Happy birthday Rooster!!!

Major Bedhead said...

Happy birthday, Rooster!!

I never got a pony either. SO not fair.

JCK said...

Happy Birthday to your little girl.

I'd like K to plan my party, please.

Anissa Mayhew said...

Happy birthday, Rooster.

Daddy's love is very precious, thanks for sharing that sweetness.

flutter said...

how on earth are her eyes allowed to be so gorgeous?

Kevin Charnas said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, ROOSTER!!!

I HOPE THAT IT'S EVERYTHING, you want it to be!

J? She's just beautiful...dreamy, in fact.

Mrs. Schmitty said...

Happy Birthday Rooster!!!

carrie said...

Happy Birthday you wonderful, wonderful girl!

Overflowing Brain said...

I understand that you wouldn't want her birthday to be that day, but as a New Orleanian, trying not to obsess about the future, while August 29, 2005 was a day we'll never forget, it also began a rebirth that has done some amazing things for the city. I'm certain that no one wanted Katrina, but I know many people who have been made stronger by the experience.

And I don't know, perhaps it's extremely appropriate that your daughter was born that day. There is a circle of life and she was a beautiful part of it.

I hope your daughter had a lovely birthday and please continue to keep my home in your thoughts. We can't do it again.

Shannon said...

She just turned 3? I thought she already was based on what you've written about her. Smart Smart girl you've got there.

You're neighbor won't give up their pony for her? Or did they already get rid of it?

Happy 3rd Birthday!!

Vodka Mom said...

She'll feel celebrated her whole life - with great parents such as you. Give her a hug and a big Happy Day from me!!!

apathy lounge said...

Happy Birthday, Rooster! I think our youngest son's birthday coincides with the Oklahoma City bombing as well as the Branch Davidian thing. I guess every birthday is actually the anniversary of some bad thing. Some...more well known than others.

Queen of the Mayhem said...

I am with you on the crossing fingers thing. It's not looking too good for us...Gustav is headed this way. It is so surreal...today there is not a cloud in the sky. Tomorrow...well that's another story!

Paige said...

Happy Birthday, Rooster.

Maureen said...

Aw, happy birthday Rooster!!!

Thinking about all those in the Gulf. This is too much deja vu.

Patience said...

Please, Gustav, leave us alone!! There are little children needing to be born!

Happy, happy birthday little Rooster!!

Anonymous said...

Lol - If she doesn't feel blessed enough in years to come send her to my mother's house. On our birthday we got a card and one present, a hug and a smile and happy birthday sung to us. Every second year we got a birthday party with friends.