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Happy Birthday To You – Miss Claire Bo

Claire celebrated her fifth birthday on the March 24th.  It was a quiet celebration…just with her family.  I was lucky enough to be invited to join them at Denny’s for dinner…. the restaurant of her choice.

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Now don’t let this serene photo fool you…. This little child is full of surprises.  Yep… she sure surprised us.

When she was a baby,  she so was so quite… so good… so relaxed.   That lasted for about a year… and then she grew way beyond her years over night.   One day she was serene and  the next day she was… well, curious, on the go, independent  and had all of the confidence of an adult.  In fact… there is no adult that she’s not comfortable with.  She’s will strike up a conversation  with anyone… and everyone is her friend.   She keeps us in stitches all the time… she is one funny girl.

Now if there is any photo in the world that takes on the personality of the child… this is it.   An all time favorite of mine.

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Back to the birthday party.   Here’s Miss Confidence… picking out her food fare.

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The decision has been made.

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The Birthday song has been sung… and now it’s time to blow out the candles.  She didn’t want to get too close for fear her hair would catch on fire.

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Now comes the fun part… the birthday gifts… and boy did she clean up… dance leotard, roller skates, watch, and DVD’s.

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The Birthday cake was delicious…. I’ll get Katie to share this recipe with us.  It’s certainly one we need to have in our recipe boxes.

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Bet ya can’t guess.   Yep…  it’s the decorative art of Miss Claire Benson…. Called “Inside The Cake Mixing Bowl”    Looks like there’s another artist in the family.>

Happy Birthday dear Claire… you make my heart happy.

Till later,

Kathy Griffiths

Insightful Nana.

P.S.  This ends our big March Birthday Month.  Thanks for celebrating with us.  Did you get your free Birthday Note cards?  Get them HERE, at the first of the month celebrations.  See our middle of the month celebration HERE.

Birthday Celebration – Norah Corinna Griffiths

Norah Corrina Griffiths celebrated her sixth birthday on March sixteenth.   It was also the anniversary date of my dad’s death 23 years ago.  Six years ago, I can just see my father kissing little Norah good-bye and gently nudging her off a cloud.  Her soul danced her way into our lives after a difficult delivery.   Without going into details… Norah arrived under adverse circumstances… and if she had been born in a previous age… we wouldn’t have Norah, nor her mom, Martha.  What a marvelous day and age  to be living.

Grandma and Grandpa Wright… and I were invited to a private event.. a cake and ice cream party.  The real birthday party comes on Saturday… with a girlie Tea Party event.  If you want to see plans in the making… take a look here.  Wow!

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The right side of Norah’s brain runs her life.   If she had it her way… she would dance and sing through life…only stopping long enough to paint and draw a picture.  (Nana is busting her buttons… Look’s like we have another artist in the family.)   This is “Sleeping Beauty” … a Pacasso  if I ever saw one.

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Aren’t blowing out the candles just the best… You never get to old to enjoy that moment.  Well…..unless there’s too many candles… or your wind has dissipated to a breeze.

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Yep… Here she is… in her new Cheer Leading out fit.   A real show woman here.

Happy Birthday Norah.  Nana loves you much.

Till Later

Kathy Griffiths

Insightful Nana

P.S.  Birthday celebrations have a down side too.  They are gentle reminders that we are all getting ….. What?     Old?
P.P.S. March is a big birthday month in our family. If you haven’t received your free birthday gift…. go here and get it now.

Kids Birthday Parties

Charity Kids birthday parties have recently been brought to may attention   Over the past several weeks,  I have repeatedly heard about kids birthday celebrations called  “Charity Birthday Parties.  I first heard of this concept while listening to the “Glenn Beck” show on the radio.

At first, I thought he was making a joke… but soon realized he was serious.  A child 6 year old child was having a birthday party and his parents were asking the guests not to bring gifts to the party… but to donated to a political cause in the name of “Birthday Child.”

The idea is…  we live so abundantly… and a child already has so much… why not teach the child to be sharing and giving and donate his gifts or the money that would be spent on his gifts to a charity.  It could even be a charity of the child’s choosing.

It was brought to my attention again when Vanessa, of  I Never Grew Up,  posted a poll on her blog  asking parents if they thought it was a good idea or not.  I was surprised at the results.  79% thought it was a great idea and 21% thought it was a poor idea.  I was part of the 21%.

After I picked myself up from the floor… I made a comment on her blog… I’m afraid it was a bit stinging… and I would like to clarify my point of view here.

1.  I remember a program on TV years ago, called Queen For A Day.  It was a day they honored one lady from the audience by showering her with gifts etc.  For that woman…it was a magical day… a day she would never forget.  Our children deserved to be honored on their birthday.   It’s a day that we take delight in them for coming into the world and into our lives.  Let them be King or Queen for a day.

2.  The magic of childhood is short.  We as parents and grand parents can get caught up in pushing children into adulthood too soon.  T.V. does not supported kids being kids… and I think we can be hoodwinked into the same thinking.  Birthdays are part of childhood magic. Kids shouldn’t be short changed by forcing adult concepts too early… especially on their special day.

3.  You can’t tell me, that in the child’s heart, he wouldn’t feel some resentment… and sadness if denied gifts on his birthday.  He may not have the courage to stand up against such a “lofty” concept as a “Charity Birthday,” especially if he knew he was going to be made to feel wrong or shamed if he objected to the idea.

4.  I know that kids have an abundance of toys… my grands are a testimony of that.  But… who’s fault is that.  I’m guilty!  Their parents are guilty!  Every time we go into a store, they want something… and for the most part we succumb to their whining.

We might not purchase the $15.00 new toy they want… but we appease them with a little purchase at the cash register.  Marketers claim, they make a killing on purchases made for kids under $5.00.  I don’t know about you… but I’m tired of the “trash toys” that are placed in the “kids meals” at the fast food restaurants.  But… that doesn’t stop me from purchasing the “kids meal.”  Junk… Junk… Junk.  I know I’m part of the problem.

My point is… if we want to cut back on the amount of junk that is filling the kids closets, we need to control our own spending for them during the year.  But, let’s not take that leap on their birthday.

5.  It’s great to teach kids to be charitable and giving.  We can be examples of that when we clean out our own closets.  Perhaps when we are packing up our things, we could ask them if they would like to contribute something from their closet.  When it’s time to drop off our bundle at the “Thrift Store”, we can take them with us. It would be a great time to discuss what we are doing and why.

6.  There is a “time and season” for all things.  Studies have shown that children under 3 don’t have the mental ability to understand there is another world outside of themselves…. thus the “terrible two.”  A child’s reasoning capacity does not fully develop until around the age of 8 or 9.  To force concepts that are too mature for their reasoning is unfair.

7.  Besides… how would you feel if someone said to you, “You have too many things and you need to learn to share.  So, for your birthday… I’m doing to donate the money I was going to spend on your birthday gift and give it to the Blaa Blaa Blaa?”   I for one… would resent it…. in fact… I would be hopping mad.

My suggestion:  Celebrate your kids birthdays by showering them with lots of love, fun, and a few gifts.  Give them their special day… and teach giving, sacrifice and charity on another day.

Till Later,

Kathy Griffiths
Insightful Nana

P.S.  Have your kids been invited to “Charity Birthday Parties?”   What’s your point of view?  Talk to me.