This year, KX wanted a Dora cake. Well, LY and I are not big fans of fondant cakes and neither birthday cakes from Bengawan or Prima Deli. Hence, we went along with the chocolate flavour she chose and bought some Dora cake toppers for her. I think that’s about perfect. Who could resist Vicky’s chocolate fudge cake anyway? The adults got some good cakes while she got her “Dora” fix :). Meanwhile, LY and I decided to throw in a surprise for her and we told her we invited a special friend for her birthday!
Ding dong, I quickly washed my hands (from the fire fighting in the kitchen) and grabbed hold of my phone to rush to meet that special friend, with her, at the door. It’s 4 hours away from the birthday party but KX was already hyped up and she was, of course, flabbergasted when she saw the 1.2m tall Dora airwalker greeted her and made her way through our gate. We made her day! Definitely. She was sooo thrilled. The sanguine in me squealed as loud as her when we held Dora’s hands and spun around at the balcony.
Another special that we did for KX this year was the celebration in school. We had #cakeabreak to bake (rather, steamed) some beautiful artisan mini cupcakes for her friends. After much deliberations, this girl chose Snoopy and Hello Kitty for the designs.
Where is the goodie bag, Aunty?!
Excellent! I thought to myself. I have been trying to educate KX on the redundancy of goodie bags for birthday celebrations and getting her to question why we celebrate birthdays. I took the opportunity to address to the 4yr old.
In a nutshell, I feel that…
Birthdays are for celebrating life. A day where you consciously thank God and your parents for the life you’re given.
Also, if a gift is required at a party, it should be given to the one who is celebrating the birthday, not to the people we are celebrating with? It’s not the money sense I am bothered about it, I am simply questioning about the rationale.
Riding on that, I think many a times, we are sold in by advertisements, cultures and what’s “in” …. etc that subconsciously, we let the world cultivates our inner thoughts, beliefs and actions. I think that is so dangerous. Honestly, even as an adult, I struggle with being influenced and be moulded by what’s around me, being led without questioning. Point of reflection here: Time to question good ‘whys’.
Kids question “why” all the time, I think as parents, if we could train them to question good “whys” in life, that’s gonna help them grow as confident individuals in the near future.
This is mama’s prayer for you for your 4th birthday, KX. Grow up to be a principled person, one who is not easily swayed by the influences around you. Instead, be strongly rooted in God’s word, stands firm in being the godly and be steadfast in doing the will He sets out for u. Question good ‘whys’ in life, little one and know why you do what you do, that you will grow to be confident and able to give a good account to God for your life, always. Amen.