Roses, red, her favorite color. Extravagant? No, bought at the grocery and was the extent of my decorating, minus a few blowers. I just like the idea of giving my girls flowers on their birthday and I’ve spent more on birthdays believe me. Remembering this is the year of simplicity, the party was simple. A big bowl of vegetarian chili and cornbread, and the close family. Games of hangman on the easel, and boy those blowers made a lot of noise, at least when my parents and sister got into it. Good food, good family, good times.
She doesn’t like cake. (I know, I hear your gasps). So I made these brownies, piled them up, dusted them with a little powdered sugar and stuck in the mandatory, glittery “7” candle. Just so you know, they are super rich.
I hope her wishes come true. She took me aside as the family came filing in, and said, “Mama, thanks for doing this party for me, with everything”. I cannot believe that I ever felt the need to complicate things in the past. That a simple evening would be enough. She felt the warmth and the love around her, that she was an important part of our family, someone to be celebrated. She is still looking forward to having her cousins come spend the night one night, I am just hoping to get the Christmas tree down first.
p.s. Mama got her a new bicycle…..too bad there’s still snow on the ground.