Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Happy Birthday!

Yesterday was Leiya's 18th birthday! She specifically told us that she didn't want a party or anything special so it went by with hardly more than a "Happy Birthday!" from each family member and a lot of hugs.

I remember for my son's 18th birthday I gave him an organ donor's card because he insisted on buying a very large motorcycle. (I was adamantly against him getting a motorcycle but he did it anyway.) In Japan, you can legally donate your organs from 18 and I wanted him to think of the possible consequences of motorcycle riding and realize he really was an adult who could make serious choices now. (I think I also bought him a very expensive motorcycle helmet!)

Over the course of the month and while Leiya was in Japan, we bought her things that might not normally be on our purchase list with the understanding that it was "an early birthday present." Earrings, a pricey skirt, a new watch. Marcy and Keion paid for the tickets to the American Idol concert and that was considered a birthday present too. Anyway, we didn't just ignore Leiya's birthday yesterday but we didn't do anything either.

However, yesterday I had a lunch date with an old high school friend and her daughter and so we drove out to meet them and had a nice couple of hours catching up. Jane always keeps track of my birthday (and lets me know I'm the older woman by two months!) and she'd arranged for the restaurant people to bring me a little ice cream sundae. "Not me!! It's Leiya's birthday today!" So the sundae got placed before Leiya and the waiters and waitresses all sang Happy Birthday to her and she got a mini birthday celebration after all!


Happy Birthday Leiya!

11 comments:

Kazuyo(^^)v said...

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teodo said...

Happy Birthday Leiya!
ciao ciao

Quilt Pixie said...

birthdays tend to be relatively low key affairs in my family too... So glad you were able to spend it with Leiya...

atet said...

Happy Birthday to Leiya -- and congrats to you too! The concert and adventures with skunks look like they have been keeping you busy! Glad to see you are enjoying your trip.

anne bebbington said...

Great that you could be there to spend it with her though even if it was low key! Happy Birthday Leiya!!!

meggie said...

Happy Happy 18th Birthday Leiya!

Connie W said...

Dear Leiya, Happy Birthday wishes, even though they're late. Your mom is the BEST!

marisa said...

Happy birthday to Leiya.

Shelina said...

Happy birthday to Leiya. We keep our birthday celebrtions pretty low key too - we group birthdays together and it gives us a chance to meet with the extended family.

Simonetta said...

Happy Birthday to Leiya!18 years,great fun, hugs :))))

rumi said...

Happy Birthday to Leiya-chan! Glad to know you and and Leiya-chan are having a wonderful time together.