6 December 2008


when I have said my evening prayer
and my clothes are folded on the chair
and mother switches off the light
i'll still be four years old tonight

but from the very break of day
before the children rise and play
before the darkness turns to gold
tomorrow i'll be five years old

five kisses when i wake
five candles on my cake
(M. Meyer Kort)

That gorgeous verse is a family tradition for each birthday eve and here is another special thing that adds to our celebration. Each family member has their own candle, today it was a cupcake with a candle. We each hold our lit candle and take it in turns sharing a wish for the birthday person before blowing our candles out. Ultra warm and fuzzy.


  1. happy birthday to your daughter - being five is a wonderful age to explore! Your special traditions are a lovely way to build family memories.

  2. happy Birthday to that lovely little one of yours. Thanks for the blog comment. Good to 'see' you again. ;-)

  3. That's a really neat tradition you've got going on. Better than singing Happy Birthday (a song, I'd like to say, that no one can sing well). Happy birthday to your little one!

  4. Happy Birthday to Miss 5! Cute picture of the birthday girl.

  5. What a wonderful tradition! Happy birthday to your sweety :)

  6. Awwww.... what a wonderful family tradition! Birthday wishes to your little one!


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