I bake with my 3 year old daughter almost everyday. We bake all of our bread, bakery items such as scones, cookies, loaves, and desserts. I also bake and make candy for my small business.
We love baking together and she has become quite knowledgeable and skilled at it. Today she asked if we could make a birthday cake with green frosting, sprinkles and candles. As she was pulling out the collection of random birthday candles from the pantry (which she had clearly spied at some previous time and was waiting for the perfect opportunity to use them!) I caught myself almost saying "No, we aren't going to use candles on a cake, it isn't a special occasion." And then I stopped myself.
Why not? Why wouldn't we light a few candles for no reason at all? Why wouldn't we decorate a birthday cake just for the fun of it? I was instantly reminded that to my daughter, "no reason" was just as good a reason to celebrate with a cake as any other. And to her, the making of the cake was the special part (which may be the best lesson in all of this).
There are so many holidays and celebrations throughout the year. Most moms do a lot of work to put on parties and holiday meals for friends and family. But how often do we just sit down with a cake and blow out some candles just for fun? How often do celebrate the everyday?
I think that this is going to be my new vision for my family. Celebrate the everyday. Celebrate another day of good health, a home, a life we love. Celebrate the laundry and dishes and playing in the park. Celebrate the tantrums and barf and sharing my bed. Because that's what life is really about; the moments in between holidays and parties. Everyday moments that seem so normal and sometimes mundane are actually what memories are made of.