Timothy, after waking up from his nap:
Ginny: "Hey, buddy. I'm so glad you're awake!"
T (very serious): "Yes, Mommy. I'm glad, too. Now, Mommy, I was thinking something."
G: "What's that?"
T: "I think we should make a cake for our family."
G: "A cake?"
T: "Yes. A cake. You know, we can make a cake even if it isn't my birthday or your birthday or Daddy's birthday or Matthew's birthday. We can make a cake for all our birthdays...today!"
G: "That sounds like fun."
T: "But, Mommy?"
Me: "Yes, baby?"
T: "I think the cake should look just like my last birthday cake. That would be extra fun."
Timothy's most recent birthday cake:
Today's cake will definitely be a "family" cake: While helping me make it, Timothy sneezed in the batter (nothing gross came out, but still!), and he quadruple-dipped his "taste-testing" finger. Ah, yes! Family cooking at its germiest!
He also performed the most important duty of all: licking the spoon.
Lesson learned? Even if today isn't your birthday, celebrate your life anyway!