>> Sunday, January 25, 2009
kelley and bethany are a year and a half apart. and early on a tradition was started, i believe, by papa. (grandpa=papa, grandma=mammie for future reference). when you have two babies or toddlers, it's hard for them to understand that only one of them gets gifts. and of course they are going to be all up in the other's business trying to unwrap things. this is where the UN-birthday gift comes in.
it's never a big deal. the girls never seem to mind. and in all fairness until cancer intruded into our lives they didn't get a lot of gifts "just because". (i admit that since cancer i do get them gifts "just because", cause you never know when the last "just because" is going to happen.) now daddy has never agreed with this practice. but i've never accused him of being normal, have i?
and really how do you fairly quit the tradition? someone's going to get the last UN-birthday gift, leaving the other with the short end of the deal.
this birthday season poor kelley at the wise old age of 9 1/2, said she understands that we may think she's too old for it. WHAT?! never! (in my mind). as if that's not the worst, the creator of this tradition also hesitated. thank goodness that mammie and i still had our good sense. and thus kelley received her UN-birthday gifts...nothing big a DS game (it was on sale!) and a miniature sock monkey to match her favorite bigger sock monkey. that's it. kelley was happy and bethany was STILL the belle of the ball.
so what do you think? is the UN-birthday tradition NOT a good one? you can comment and i will surely consider your thoughts. (tho i don't think i will quit the tradition any time soon. =))