“What do you want for your birthday?,” they asked.
“That’s easy,” I responded.
“I want all my children home at the same time.
I want to play games – lots of games – and snack all afternoon.
I want an easy supper – like smoked turkey sandwiches.
And a beautiful big salad with berries and pecans and feta cheese.
And queso dip with chips.
And ice cream – with chocolate – lots of chocolate.
And I want to eat on paper plates so we don’t have dirty dishes.
Yes, that’s what I want.”
And they came – all of them.
And we played games and laughed.
We ate turkey sandwiches and lots of queso on paper plates.
We snacked on puppy chow and popcorn.
We stayed up late and savored every minute.
It was perfect.
Yes. That’s exactly what I wanted for my birthday.