This is not your typical birthday post

February 5, 2016

Dear Max

Many birthday posts have similar themes: “What I learnt in my 30s”, “40 things to do before I’m 40”, “40 things I want to do in my 40s”, “A letter from my 40-year-old self to my 20-year-old self”, or “30 things I know in my 30s that I didn’t know in my 30s”.

Me, I just want to mention random and more mundane things: a great birthday run I had, a wonderful birthday weekend I had outside of Clarens, beautiful messages and presents, and the most amazing French toast I ate on the day. And the Hello Kitty cake Andrew ordered for me.

I’m not feeling too deep or heavy (barring my thighs), but there are several things I’d like to do a little differently – not taking things so personally, not over-analysing, prioritising better. But those are goals that I have most of the time, and it’s not really specific to another year/age. But if ever there’s a chance to reboot, it’s during a new decade, and though I’m pretty happy where things are at, there’s always self work to be done. And maybe more French toast-eating (if I eat nothing but salad for the rest of the day).

As for you, you’re doing great during your new year at school. I’m feeling a little wobbly – there are new things to learn (timetables, when we need to pack what, getting my head around weekend sports events), and daily homework. There have been one or two “where are Max’s shoes?” moments between your two houses, but you’re gliding along.

You love karate, have started mini-cricket, and I miss you so much during the day. I’m finding that it’s hard missing out on your more grown-up stuff during the day, and interactions with you, than it was when you were younger (which is not to say it was easy, but I miss you more these days).

Here’s to another year of growth, and if every year can be kicked off with Hello Kitty cake, I’ll probably be really happy.


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  • Cindy

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!! Gosh I don’t know how I missed this on SM, but I can see you had a great time and I wish you an even better year ahead!

    February 5, 2016 at 10:56 am Reply
  • cat@jugglingact

    That second from below photo is stunning! Happy Bday once again – and totally love that cake

    February 18, 2016 at 11:59 am Reply
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