“Age is a matter of feeling, not of years.”~ George William Curtis
This has got to be one of my most treasured photographs! I know that it is a little blurry, but the quality does not take away from the meaning. This picture will be 21 years old in a few months. Callie was celebrating her 3rd birthday and was so excited that we were putting the candles on her princess birthday cake. (Little sister, KD, wasn’t quite sure what all the hype was about, but she was there to support her big sister.) Their expressions are priceless. What I think I love the most about this picture is the joy on their tiny faces. The old saying applies well here, “The Age of Innocence”.
I don’t know about you all, but I wish that I could be that genuinely excited about my birthday! You know the feeling…. Not being able to sleep the night before the big day because in the morning you would be another year older and all day long it was going to be about you, you, you! Remember when the hardest decision to make that day was what kind of cake do I want? We didn’t care how we got the cake; how big the cake was or who was paying for the cake…. just if there was cake…and ice cream…and presents! Unfortunately, “life happens” and that excitement begins to fade. I have heard it said, “Birthdays are just like any other day”. We forget what it was like to have a princess birthday cake with candles.
In just a few days, I will celebrate another journey around the sun. I hope to sit at that very same table that Callie and KD were sitting at in the picture and wait for my cake (actually…. Key Lime Pie). I will blow ALL the candles out that have started to resemble “The Leaning Tower of Pisa” and make the same wish that I have for several years, “health, wealth and happiness for my family and friends“. Although, after looking at the picture of Callie and KD, I’m going to make an extra wish for a touch of innocence to all my loved ones. Everybody deserves an ounce of that joy occasionally. Heck, who knows, I may request my very own princess birthday cake! Cheers!