Lucy’s actual birthday fell on Thanksgiving Day and since we wanted to not divert due attention to her party, we decided to hold the birthday party a couple of days later on the weekend. What a holiday weekend it was, Starting with hosting 15 family members for T-Day! We rearranged our house to make way for the influx of friends and family.
Lucy got quite a turn-out with the entire T-Day crew returning to celebrate as well as additional friends and play-mates. At one point I am fairly certain we had 30 people in the house. The theme of the party was birds to celebrate our little chick.
Due to a new hatred of napping, Lucy was quickly fading right as the party came into swing so we quickly rushed through an introduction to cake and the receiving of presents. The cake itself I had made the night before, Yellow Angel Food with Robin’s Egg Blue frosting. Lucy was somewhat impartial to it but the rest of us enjoyed our slices. Then just as quickly as the party had assembled, it dispersed and our birdie took a well deserved nap.
How much can change in one year? For someone turning one, that question is heavily loaded. You were born. You learned to drink. You learned to smile. You learned to eat. You learned how to use your body. You grew teeth. You learned to babble. You learned to roll over, to sit up, to crawl, to walk in short bursts. You learned all of these things and there is still so much more to come, more talking, more walking, more singing, more dancing, more laughing, more learning. A year can bring you your entire life so far.
How much can change in one year? For a young toddler a year can bring you a little sister, your friend, your foe, your parents’ other attention. A year can bring a need to share, and to care, and to dare. A year can bring a new home in a new town, a whole new set of explorations. A year can bring a new school, new friends, new experiences. A year can bring learning to read and it can bring a rapidly expanding vocabulary. A year can bring memories that just might stick.
How much can change in one year? For two parents a year can bring you a massive amount of stress. A year can bring you a new pregnancy and then a new child to love. A year can bring you a reason to move and experience the highs and lows of both selling and then purchasing real estate. A year can bring you perspective that things always work out in the end. A year can bring you great joy, then great frustration, then great joy again. A year can bring you your family and make it closer and make it more dear and make it more yours. A year can bring you a feeling of contentment that cannot be captured in words.
So what can change in one year? Everything.