My oldest son had a birthday recently. How did that happen? I swear, it wasn’t that long ago when I was answering the phone, overdue by almost a week, telling people “no, the baby’s not here yet. STOP CALLING.” Now I look at him, all big smiles and attitude, and think, where did that time go? Last year for his birthday, partly because we were overwhelmed with just the amount of stuff that we have in our small house, and partly because we know that our oldest is very empathetic and caring, we introduced him to charity giving. So instead of birthday gifts, he decided to ask people to donate to The Starlight Foundation (which helps sick kids in hospitals) instead. We were very proud of him!
This year, of his own accord, he asked to pick another charity to donate to for his birthday. We picked clean water, since I come from a third world country where clean water from the tap is not easily accessible. Of course, he also asked for a birthday party with his friends, but in lieu of presents, he asks everyone to donate $8 (because he is turning EIGHT!) to help him reach his goal. So please, visit the Charity Water donation page, and if you feel inclined, please donate and help him out for his birthday wish. 🙂
Happiest of birthdays, my sweet boy!