With Rachel's birthday right around the corner, I thought it was probably time to take my birthday balloons down so we can get ready to put hers up. Miriam was the one who spear-headed the birthday balloon tradition for me (which I appreciate because soliciting kind remarks for someone else makes me a whole lot more comfortable than soliciting kind remarks for myself). She sat Zoë and Alexander down one afternoon when the kids were all finished with their homework and helped them cut out and write on some balloons.
Alexander's balloons, of course are all full of scribbles, but one of his scribbles turned into a beautiful butterfly, so that was nice. Miriam also took some dictation from him: "I am so happy you play with me. I love you, Mommy!"
Zoë's balloons say, "Happy birthday! I love Mom because she is having a baby. And she's nice!"
She also wrote me an acrostic:
Ya, she's the best!
Benjamin also chose to write an acrostic for me, but chose the word "MOM":
I told him (jokingly) that MOM was a bit of a cop-out, honestly, and that I prefer to be called "mother dearest," so Zoë quickly whipped up a balloon that says, "Happy birthday, mother dearest!"
Both their poems were better than Andrew's poem. He wrote MOM down his balloon, all poised to write an acrostic for me but instead wrote this:
M Birthday Queen
He said he chickened out on M. So, we'll have to work on his poetry skills.
Let's see...Benjamin also wrote: "I love you because you take me to the library and you help me."
Miriam wrote: "Mom is the best teacher because she teaches us things, things that are good to learn that we might not learn in public school. I LOVE YOU!" And she made a list of the reasons she loves me as well. Because I am...
You're pretty cool
On my chest