Yesterday we celebrated one of our boy’s 6th Birthday. We had planned for this awesome day as it was going to be his first time celebrating his birthday. He was excited and we were excited, maybe even more than him. Then the unthinkable happened. He was sick…
We were all so disappointed. He had an eye infection that caused him not be able to see out of his one eye and couldn’t stay at school so he shared his cupcakes with his school friends and went home for the day. We ended up cancelling having all the kids over at the house to watch the Trolls movie as his cousins also had the eye infection and we didn’t want it spreading.
However we had already purchased all the food for his supper and since his auntie was cooking it we headed over to her place and ate there. We had originally planned to feed only 12 people, well since we took the party to the community we ended up feeding 25+. When the food was set out on the table all I was thinking was how are we going to feed all these friends. We ended up having more than enough and was even able to bring some leftovers home.
There was no singing of Happy Birthday it was just a moment of let’s eat the cupcakes. There was no unwrapping of the presents. We bought him Paw Patrol Bedsheets, and a “new” bike. By new I mean, we found a bike on the side of the road and made it look as pretty as we could.
Sometimes I forget we are in Haiti and I expect the way I would celebrate in Canada to be the same here. I emphasize more on the gifts (my love language is gift giving) when really those are not much value for them, but Auntie who cooked the meal worked hard and it was worth so more value. It was a big meal that many were eating for the first time that day and that made her proud that she could provide that for them.
So though it wasn’t the celebration we had planned we still ended up with a very happy boy, who finally got the bike he has been asking for, for a very long time. Now it’s time for the fun of trying to teach him to ride it.
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