we have this special birthday plate in our house. i made it many years ago for the kids. the birthday child eats breakfast, lunch and dinner from this handpainted plate. it is quite unremarkable, but the children were all very excited about it when they were younger. my oldest, emily, turns 14 tomorrow. i am not sure it holds for her quite the same allure as it once did. in fact, i am not sure she will eat even one of the three meals at our table tomorrow. breakfast will most likely be a protein bar on the way out the door. the ritzy school cafeteria will host her birthday lunch. and i am certain she will opt to eat dinner with the basketball team after her big playoff game. the birthday plate will sit in its cupboard unattended this year.
there is hope for this ceramic tradition though. tomorrow is also baby zuzu's birthday. she turns two. i am pretty sure she will be excited to eat from the mcnatt family birthday plate someday, but not this year. we thought we'd have her by now....but not yet. we had dreams of pink party balloons and buttercream frosting. we had visions of slipping her into a ruffled party dress and tiny buckled shoes. what joy it will be introducing her to cheerfully wrapped gifts and a cake with her name in pale pink icing. but not this year. there is much to do about birthdays in our home. like most things in life, it is probably more about the anticipation than it is about the actual event. this year for bella i imagine there was no one to build up her expectations or stir up her excitement. no one to convince her, "this is your day!" in an orphanage of hundreds of children, can she have her own day? i would think not. she will wake tomorrow in a room with 35 or so children. is anyone even aware that tomorrow she turns two? i almost cannot bear writing that question just now.