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October 10, 2013

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Dear Max

Last week we got to experience your first birthday ring at school, and it’s a good thing I wasn’t wearing eye makeup because even the waterproof type would have left tracks on my face after all my crying.

It was wonderful witnessing you in your ‘hood, among your friends and teachers, and to see what actually happens at school. I mean, I know you don’t sit on jungle gyms the whole day, but I didn’t know that on your birthday, you get drawings from your classmates, sing a few songs, and practise your numbers by counting the number of boys and girls in the class.

And I didn’t know how fully engaged and participative you are. From the little I’ve seen, I thought that you were on the periphery of class activities and participation, but you showed me how little I know. At your ring, you danced, sang, answered questions, wiggled and waved.

And there was a warmth and perfect simplicity and wholesomeness about this little celebration. It made me proud and happy. And relieved to know that you’re just where you should be.

We finished off with chocolate cake that I had brought in. You ate half your piece, and in true Max habit, gave me the rest. And like a true Jewish mom, I fulfilled the credo of “Waste not, want not” by polishing it off.

Happy fourth year dude!


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  • shane bunyan

    I think max enjoyed his birthday but missed you the most and was thinking of you all the time even when you were not there. I bet he hopes to be with you for Christmas soon

    October 10, 2013 at 11:00 am Reply
  • Mrs FF

    Happy belated birthday Max

    October 21, 2013 at 1:05 am Reply
  • Phume

    Hi Tanya

    It’s been 6 months after I gave birth to my sweet daughter Thingo’leNkosazne (which in English means Rainbow) Samkelo Omega Luthuli. Your blog to Max has inspired me so much. I’ve hand written letters to her, that one she will read and know just how much I love her regardless of the mistakes I might make as she grows up.

    Thank you so much, your blog is beautiful!

    March 19, 2015 at 4:03 pm Reply
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